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Olivier Messiaen: QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

Saturday December 10, 2016 3PM
$20/$10 students (cash only)

PROGRAM

Claude Debussy - Preludes from Book II
1. "Brouillards"
2. "Feuilles Mortes"
12. "Feux d'artifice"

Leon Bernsdorf, piano

Olivier Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time
Hua-Chu Huang, violin
Drew Comstock, cello
Felipe Jimenez Murillo, clarinet
Leon Bernsdorf, piano

Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
Program Notes

Olivier MessiaenQuartet in eight movements for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by French composer Olivier Messiaen. The piece premiered on January 15, 1941, at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp, in Görlitz, Germany, where the composer had been confined since his capture in May 1940. The work’s instrumentation was determined by the instruments and performers at hand.

Messiaen dedicated the quartet “in homage to the Angel of the Apocalypse, who raises his hand towards Heaven saying ‘There shall be no more time.’ ” The movement titles were drawn from the biblical Revelation to John.

Messiaen eschewed the usual tendency of Western music for regular rhythms and metres and instead offered ever-changing, often-unpredictable patterns, frequently based on prime numbers, especially 5, 7, 11, and 13. Clarinet and violin phrases tend to be reminiscent of bird songs, and motifs recur from one movement to another. The four instruments rarely play simultaneously.

The first movement, “Crystal Liturgy,” is largely characterized by haunting, flowing lines. For contrast, the second, “Vocalise, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time,” is more nervous and tormented, with scattered fragments of themes moving here and there. The third movement, “The Abyss of the Birds,” returns to a more open, mystic mood, with long, sustained tones for the clarinet alone, with the other three players in waiting. The fourth movement, “Interlude,” is nimble and dancelike. The fifth movement, “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus,” is a sequence of long, disembodied phrases, sometimes with no clear underlying beat; there Messiaen used only the cello and the piano. The sixth movement, “Dance of Wrath, for the Seven Trumpets,” conveys its fury with driving rhythms and much syncopation. For the seventh movement, “Tangle of Rainbows, for the Angel Announcing the End of Time,” the angel returns amid floating, open harmonies that manage to be both airy and suspenseful. The waiting mood gives way to a sudden pulsing energy. For his finale, “In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus,” Messiaen calls forth a gently reflective atmosphere with long, flowing lines. - Betsy Schwarm

Artist Biographies

Hua-Chu Huang, violin
A versatile violinist, Hua-Chu Huang has collaborated with numerous leading musicians as both a chamber musician and orchestra player throughout Canada. He has recently performed the Canadian premier of Uebeyashi’s Misericordia with Carol Wincinc at the Banff Centre, as well as performed Norm’s Gran Truismo in Toronto’s New Music Festival, 21C . Mr. Huang has also appeared in concerts with Philippe Djokic, Lynn Stodola, Denise Djokic, Barry Shiffman, and new music group, suddenlyLISTEN. This December, he will be presenting a performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring and also Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. As an orchestral player, Mr. Huang was one of the five musicians invited to join the Canadian Opera Company’s Academy program for the 2016 season. He performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia. Huang has been featured as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, Chebucto Symphony Orchestra, Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra, and Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He placed second in the 2015 Canadian Music Competition and in the Kiwanis Rosebowl in 2013, and has also won numerous national competitions in Taiwan. Huang has won the Dalhousie Concerto Competition (2011, 2012, and 2014) as well as the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Competition (2015). With the generous support from The Temerty Family Foundation Scholarship, Huang is currently pursing his Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, studying under Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman. He studied with Philippe
Djokic at Dalhousie University, where he received his Bachelor of Musics in Violin Performance.

Drew Comstock, cello
Cellist Drew Comstock has become one of Toronto’s most in demand young cellists. He has recently appeared in concert alongside cellist David Geringas and violinist Barry Shiffman at the Royal conservatory of music. This past season’s highlights also include selection to the Canadian Opera Company’s Orchestra Academy as well as concerts at the Toronto Summer Music Festival with Toronto Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Last summer Mr. Comstock was selected as Fellowship Artist at Music by the Sea in Bamfield B.C. where he performed alongside renowned violist Steven Dann. He has coached under members of the Takacs, Alban Berg, Miro, Borromeo, New Orford, and St. Lawerence String Quartets.
Mr. Comstock graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music in 2013, where he studied with Yeesun Kim and finished his Masters of Music at McGill University two years later with Brian Manker. Mr. Comstock has performed in Masterclass for cellists Ralph Kirshbaum, Phillipe Muller, Laurence Lesser, Johannes Moser, David Geringas, amongst others.

Felipe Jimenez Murillo, clarinet
Widely recognized for his beautiful, dark, and round sound, Felipe Jimenez-Murillo is the recipient of a full-tuition scholarships from the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.  He has been invited to play with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra several times in the upcoming season.
Felipe holds a bachelor degree in clarinet performance from the National University of Colombia, where he studied with Professor Robert Degenaro. During his time there, he won the school’s concerto competition and performed the Mozart clarinet concerto with their orchestra. In 2006, Felipe was a semifinalist in the first ‘’Henry Selmer Paris’’ Clarinet Competition in Colombia, as well as a semifinalist of the First National Clarinet Festival and Competition in 2010. In 2011, his clarinet quartet, Cadenza, won the ‘’Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota’’ competition.
Currently, he is studying with world-recognized professor, Joaquin Valdepenas, at The Glenn Gould School. Here, his duo, Vandikas-Jimenez, won 3rd place in the annual Chamber Competition.
Felipe is the former principal clarinet of the Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá (FOSBO), and clarinet substitute with National Symphony of Colombia.

Leon Bernsdorf, piano
Leon Bernsdorf (*1992 in Hamburg, Germany) received his first piano lessons at the age of five. Already one year later, he received a scholarship by the Hamburg youth music foundation, and was taught by the renowned piano pedagogue, Carol Tainton. In 2007, Leon became a pre-college student at the HfMT Hamburg under the tutelage of Prof. Volker Banfield. After high school, he continued his studies at Boston University, first with Prof. Boaz Sharon (BM), then with Prof. Pavel Nersessian (MM). Leon is currently completing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School, under the guidance of Prof. John Perry.
From an early age, Leon has had great success in both national and international competitions At the age of six, he participated in the renowned German youth competition “Jugend musiziert” for the first time. In the following years, he reached enormous success in various categories of the contest and in other competitions, including a first prize at the Grotrian Steinweg Competition, and a first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg.
In November 2010, Leon won the second prize at the “Dedication to Ferenc Liszt” Competition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In March 2015, he won the Solo Concerto Competition at Boston University, which was followed by his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Less than a month ago, Leon won 3rd Prize at the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition in Budapest. As part of the award, he will be invited to perform solo, concerto, and chamber concerts in and around Budapest in the 2017-18 season.


QUEEN MAB TRIO

Friday December 2, 2016 at 8 pm
$25 / $10 Students

The Queen Mab Trio played their last concert on Dec 6 2008 at the Total Music Meeting in Tours (FR). Although the three members played many concerts together in the Ig Henneman Sextet, it has been 8 years they performed as a trio. It’s about time they gather again. This time the program will be totally improvised.

The trio explores the boundaries and shared space in and between the realms of composed and improvised music, drawing on their own diverse influences of jazz, musique actuelle, rock, new music, early music and 20th century classical music.

A stellar trio featuring three of the most engaging, maverick improvisers working today, Queen Mab Trio bristles with electrifying, revolutionary delight. Lerner is a virtuosic performer who straddles the poles that bookend jazz-folk tradition and outright, defiant freedom. Henneman, like the best of the Dutch improvisers, has a jousting, fearless instinct and a refined sense of play that is aggressive as well as it is inviting. Freedman is simply one of music’s more rivetting, incendiary forces – alternately muscular and seductive, conversational and bellowing. The trio’s mind-expanding interplay and vivid mood-trafficking sound is utterly compelling. Chamber jazz for the fourth dimension. - TD Willamette Week Portland

Marilyn Lerner

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine.  Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich.  Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music.

 Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner records and performs in her free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano. She has toured with the Queen Mab Trio, and the Ig Henneman Sextet. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Lacy, and Sonny Greenwich. and in the New Jewish music scene, with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, From Both Ends of the Earth, Alicia Svigals and David Wall.

She has two new jazz/improvised recordings coming out in 2016, Strange Attractors, the Ugly Beauties’ 2nd CD, and Lerner/Filiano/Grassi- Live at Edgefest, has been released on NoBusiness Records.

Lori Freedman

Lori Freedman is a member of a small group currently touted as “the renaissance musicians”. With her artistic practice spanning a gamut of activity and full throttle in both contemporary and improvised musics, she is known internationally for her provocative and creative performances. As an interpreter of written music for clarinet hundreds of works have been dedicated to and premiered by her. With a full performance schedule of more than 75 appearances a year, making to date 11 features of 65 recordings, touring and giving masterclasses, Freedman has also been composing for an eclectic group of artists including Arraymusic, Transmission, Continuum, Supermusique, Upstream Orchestra, NOW Orchestra, Queen Mab Trio, Lott Dance, Oberlander Films, and Foresite Theatre. Her solo work and ensemble projects have been presented in Eastern and Central Europe, Australia and North America. The 1998 recipient of the Freddie Stone Award she demonstrates “outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz.” “An extraordinary clarinetist she is also a rare musician by possessing a creativity that never ceases to renew itself.” Gabriel Bélanger, All Music Guide. « Quite simply, this is monumental musician. » (Roger Woodward, Australian pianist)

Ig Henneman Haarlem, the Netherlands

Ig Henneman composer, improvising violist and bandleader is “an artist incapable of remaining satisfied with any music that lies strictly within the boundaries of any one style,” writes critic Ed Hazell. He has described her music as, “a beautiful, functioning musical world all its own that (she) developed organically out of poetry, jazz, classical, improvised music—and birdsong.”

Henneman has written for orchestras, ensembles, soloists, film, theater and for her own improvising groups. She has received several grants and commissions for her work. Henneman's work is performed internationally. As an improviser on viola she makes many tours and performs in festivals and venues in Europe, Japan, North and South America.

Since the nineties the music of the Russian composers Galina Ustvolskaya and Sofia Gubaidulina has been an inspiration for Henneman, who is attracted by the extremes of the former’s structural severity and the latter’s improvisational freedom, also to be found in the work of the Hungarian composer György Kurtág. However, her influences are wide ranging and include popular music as well.

Henneman's work is published by Donemus. Her music can be heard on several CD's on the Wig label. www.stichtingwig.com


Duets for Solo Piano: Casey Sokol

Saturday November 26, 2016 at 8 pm
PWYC but please reserve seats at info@gallery345.com

Book Launch: "Covering Oli” based on the tunes of Oliver Schroer

These compositions are not conceived as “settings” of Oliver’s melodies, nor are they piano transcriptions of Oliver’s arrangements. While there is a range of compositional approaches, none of the pieces goes so far as to deconstruct and alter his wonderful melodies in order to form new phrases, motives, or new structures. While the right hand occasionally adds another voice to the tune, the melody is presented as Oli wrote it; the newly minted left hand is my own. But this addition began to be more than merely an inventive or tasteful support for the melody. I felt the left hand to be a kind of rejoinder: an opportunity to respond to Oli’s creativity with something equally and independently creative. So, these are, in a sense, duets. When I play them it feels like playing a duet with Oli:

he in the left brain | me in the right.

Casey Sokol is a pianist and an inveterate musical explorer. He has performed classical and contemporary chamber music and improvised music in a variety of styles, collaborating with such groups as the York Winds, Canadian Contemporary Music Collective (CCMC), and Sound Pressure. He has toured extensively as a soloist and ensemble player in Europe and North America. Venues have included the Pro Musica Nova Festival, Bremen; O Kanada Festival, Berlin; Avignon Festival; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival; Expo ’86 in Vancouver; and others in Europe, the USA, and Japan.

Casey has also directed and composed extensively for dance and theatre productions and has produced a number of large-scale musical presentations. His creative collaborations include the conception and production of Cagewake, a music-circus with 150 performers marking the passing of the composer John Cage, and an adaptation of the medieval mystery play, The Clown of God, with New York director Andre Serban. He produced and co-directed the North American premiere of The Great Learning, Cornelius Cardew’s epic setting of the text by Confucius. With Tokyo’s UNO Man Butoh Company, he composed and produced a multimedia performance of a multi-lingual Renga (a poetic collaboration based on a medieval Japanese tradition).

Casey’s performances, improvisations and arrangements have been recorded on twelve LPs and an equal number of CDs, and have been broadcast widely on Canadian, European, American and Japanese radio and television. He is a founding member of Toronto’s Music Gallery. He has been teaching piano, improvisation and musicianship in York University’s Music Department since 1971. In 2001 he received an OCUFA Award for Excellence in Teaching.


IMAGINATION AND INTROSPECTION
Elizabeth Reid, viola
Alison Cerutti, piano

Friday November 25, 2016 8PM
$20/$10 students (cash only)

FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE EMAIL info@gallery345.com

Canadian-American violist Elizabeth Reid returns to Gallery 345 after her solo concert in 2014. Joining her will be Vermont pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti; they will perform a concert of viola and piano music, all composed with vivid imagination and introspection. Music includes works by Toronto composers Rose Bolton and David Jaeger and Vermont composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz. The concert ends with the Shostakovich Viola Sonata, a modern classic and a perfect ending for a late November evening.

PROGRAM

David Jaeger - White Moon Legend (2015)*

Dennis Báthory -Kitsz- Scalar Rainbows (2007)*

Rose Bolton - The Memory of Waves (2014)

David Jaeger - Sonata, Tristan and Isolde (1990)

Dmitri Shostakovich - Sonata for Viola and Piano (1975)

*Canadian Premiere

BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth Reid, violist, is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the US. Recently she performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. In November 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. Ms. Reid studied improvisation with David Moss and chamber music with Trio Accanto at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland this past July. She will appear as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in Vermont this March, performing Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid studied viola with Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. Ms. Reid has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra. In Vermont, Ms. Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, TURNMusic, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Handel Society of Dartmouth, ARIOSO, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. www.violistinvermont.com

Alison Bruce Cerutti, pianist, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France.  For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with Counterpoint, TURNmusic for the 2015 production of “A Fleeting Animal”, Arioso, the Northern Third Piano Quartet, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; and appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black.  A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School.  She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University in Vermont.


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Sunday November 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm
$20 / $10 Students

Program

Etudes Opus 125 (excerpts) - Johann Hummel (1778-1837)

Rhapsody in Blue (piano solo) - George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Etude de jazz #3: Chanson - Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Schindler’s List theme - John Williams (b. 1942)

Romanian Folk Dances - Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Venezia e Napoli - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Gondoliera
Canzone
Tarantella

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra.

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).


Long & McQuade Musical Instruments & Miyazawa Flutes present Ian Clarke

Saturday November 19, 2016

Masterclass
10:30-3:00 pm (Lunch break from 12 - 1:30)
Performers-$50 Auditors - $10
(6 spots, minimum grade 8 RCM, or equivalent)

Miyazawa Flute Trials
12:00-1:30 & 3:o0-3:30

Workshop with Ian
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Recital with Jeanie Chung, piano
8:00 pm
$20-general admission, $10-students & seniors

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact:
Patricia Dydnansky, Flute Consultant
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
925 Bloor Street WestToronto, ON M6H 1L5
(416) 588-7886
pdydnansky@long-mcquade.com

Program
Orange Dawn - Ian Clarke
Deep Blue - Ian Clarke
Sonata Appassionata in F# minor, op. 140 - Sigrid Karg-Elert
Vista Walking - Ian Clarke
Sunday Morning arr. Clarke -  Clarke/Hicks/Painter
Touching the Ether - Ian Clarke
Sonatine - Pierre Sancan
Zoom tube - Ian Clarke

“a stunning performance by player composer Ian Clarke....a true master of his art” – British Flute Society

"This is an amazing recording. Clarke’s playing is incredible in every way.” - Flute Talk

"This is an inspiring and refreshing collection of music for flute, performed brilliantly!" - Flute Focus

“Brilliant performances; don’t miss this one.” -South Australian Flute News

“Deep Blue, is another remarkable recording from a remarkable musician. Clarke has created a sound world entirely his own …” - Flutist Quarterly

Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands and numerous times for the British Flute Society (BFS) and for the NFA (National Flute Association) in the USA. His acclaimed CD ‘Within’ is one of the flute world’s best sellers and his latest CD "Deep Blue" reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


The Art of the Piano: Kalle Vainio

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

New Minimal Music from Finland

Kalle Vainio is a Finnish composer and pianist. He graduated master of music from the Art University Helsinki Sibelius Academy 2012 and is currently teaching composition and music theory in the same University. Vainio has composed music for many different ensembles with many different styles. For many years now minimal music has been the focal point of his
creation. Not only American tradition of it, but ancient Finnish folk music has also been very important inspiration to him.

Vainio has been developing new ways of composing and performing minimal music; notation methods, preparation of instruments, visual scores and realization of surroundings etc. For himself he has created artistic profile called Project Vainiolla where he plays his own compositions for piano. This project aims to search every aspect of the instrument as well as find
inspiring performing venues for presenting new piano music. Project Vainiolla has released two albums Animus (2015) and Metamorphosis (2016).

In this concert Kalle Vainio will premiere two of his latest minimalistic compositions: Modifications and op·por·tu·ni·ty

Reviews
“The music has space, power and just a right amount of edge and quirkiness.”
- Amanda Kauranne, FMQ

“It’s simple and complex, intellectual and expressionistic, strange and beautiful.”
- Matt Ackermann, Howling Caliper

Links
Official website: www.kallevainio.com

Presenting: Project Vainiolla

Presenting : Project Vainiolla from Project Vainiolla on Vimeo.

Metamorphosis 4:


The Art of the Piano:
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

“As a duo their playing blended superbly. Both of the musicians were totally synchronized – even in their gestures. It was definitely a performance to remember.”
- Panorama Magazine, 2015

Program

Antonín Dvořák: Legends for four hands, Op. 59
No. 4 - Molto Maestoso
No. 3 - Allegro Giusto
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Leoš Janáček: In the Mists:
I. Andante
II. Molto adagio
III. Andante
IV. Presto

Bedřich Smetana:
Concert Study in G sharp minor, Op. 17 "On the seashore"

Luboš Fišer:
Piano Sonata No. 8
Zuzana Simurdova

INTERMISSION

Franz Liszt
Il Pensieroso
Un sospiro
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10
Liebestraume No. 3
La Campanella
Mikolaj Warszynski

Les Préludes
Symphonic Poem after Lamartine
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Biographies

Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) has performed in recitals across North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, lecturer, and pedagogue. A Canadian pianist of Polish origin, his performances of Chopin and Szymanowski in particular have garnered critical acclaim on the world stage. Invitations to many prominent music festivals and societies have led to recent performances in South Korea at the Woobong Art Hall, in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, and in Canada at the Place des Arts in Montreal. In Poland, Warszynski has performed in Warsaw at the Royal Łazienki Park under the Chopin monument, in Gdansk at the Baltic Philharmonic, and as soloist with the Kielce Philharmonic. Most recently, Warszynski has performed in a spring concert tour of China, and this summer returned to Poland to perform at the International Szymanowski Festival. The artist gives masterclasses at the Flaine Opus74 Academy in the French Alps, and has taught piano in Quebec at the University of Montreal and at the Cégep de Drummondville, as well as at the University of Daegu in South Korea. Dr. Warszynski also has performed lecture recitals on the music of Karol Szymanowski in Universities across Canada, and in the United States for the College of Music Society. Currently, Warszynski is the director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton.

Warszynski performed the Chopin F minor concerto across Canada with the Mazurka String Quintet on the occasion of the Chopin bicentennial, performing the concerto most recently with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. He is a founding member of the Warszynski Trio, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian composers, whose album Devil’s Dance was released on Clef Records. As part of the Warszynski Piano Duo, together with his wife, pianist Zuzana Simurdova, Mikolaj Warszynski has performed on tour across Europe, Canada and China. The Duo gave the Canadian premiere of Disintegration by Claude Vivier, for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.

The artist’s latest record, Mikolaj Warszynski Piano Solo, was recently released on the French Label Anima Record, featuring works by Haydn, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin, and has received excellent reviews from Fanfare magazine (New York) and Saisons de Culture (Paris).

"A major talent... Warszynski is such a marvelous mixture of modesty and charisma."
- Piotr Grella-Mozejko, PhD., CJSR Radio, Edmonton, 2009

Zuzana Simurdova (MgA.) is a Czech-Canadian pianist who has given solo and chamber concerts in Europe, USA, Canada, China and South Korea. Zuzana began her international career as a Laureate of the UNESCO - Aschberg Bursarie Awards in Paris followed by the 1st Prize at the International Music Competition Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust in London and the Janacek 1st Prize at the International Piano Mastercourses Competition Prague-Vienna-Budapest. Among her recent highlights is her Carnegie Hall Debut as a Winner of the Chopin Award at the IBLA Grand Prize International World Competition and her debut performance in South Korea at the Hyoeum Art Hall. As a soloist, Zuzana performed with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Orchestre Symphonic de L’Isle Montreal, Leeds Union Symphony Orchestra, Janacek Chamber Orchestra, and most recently with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. Mrs. Simurdova has taught piano at the Brno Conservatory in Seoul at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea, and at the Opava Conservatory in the Czech Republic. Currently, she is co-director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton, together with her husband and duo partner, pianist Mikolaj Warszynski.

Zuzana Simurdova has been invited to perform at various summer festivals: in France – Touquet Paris Plage; Poland – The Oscar Kolberg Philharmonic Music Days; England – ACT Festival in London, Lotherton Festival in Leeds; and most recently in Poland for the Chopin Society and in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival. Mrs. Simurdova recorded her first CD “Préludes à un pays vrai”, with works by the contemporary Québécois composer, Jean Chatillon, for which she was awarded the Orpheus Prize from the DELIAN Composers Association in USA and became a Laureate of Vivacité Montréal. Her 2nd CD called “Chopin Album” was released in March 2012, in Montreal under the Canadian label PGMaudio. Mrs. Simurdova’s 3rd CD will be a World Premiere Recording of the complete piano sonatas of Czech contemporary composer Luboš Fišer. She has been a featured artist on radio broadcast in Czech and Canada and has had TV appearances on France 2, Czech’s CT 2 and OMNI TV Toronto.

“Zuzana’s musical sensitivity, eloquence and natural artistry set her apart from her peers.”
- Christopher Jackson, FRSC, Conductor of Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal


Memories of Places Past

Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
$20/$15 Seniors and Students, or on-line >

Mark Toth, Piano
Michael Westwood, Clarinet
Kripa Nageshwar, Soprano

Program

Frank Horvat
World Premiere – TBA – for soprano, clarinet, and piano

Colin Eatock
Ashes of Soldiers

Franz Schubert
Shepherd on the Rock

Louis Spohr
Six German Songs

Alexina Louie
Memories of an Ancient Garden

Richard Mascall
Three Japanese Lyrics
Musicians


The Art of the Flute
Leslie Newman, flute & Erica Goodman, harp

Sunday November 6, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

Please reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Leslie and Erica’s performances have taken them from Edmonton to Montreal, including a recital on Music Toronto’s renowned chamber music series at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Critics have praised their performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra:

“Their cohesion and almost telepathic empathy melded into what was a utter delight…Enthralled and mesmerized are descriptions that come immediately to mind.”
– Ontario Arts Review

and with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra:

“Both very elegant and responding smoothly to each other as two musicians having long played together, they dominated the stage…overshadowing everything around them…”
– Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal)

Program

J.S. Bach
Sonata in g-minor, BWV 1020
Allegro | Adagio | Allegro

Camille Saint-Saëns
Fantaisie in A, op. 124

Franz Doppler/Antonio Zamara
Casilda Fantaisie

Intermission

Hendrik Andriessen
Intermezzo

Gilles Tremblay
Envol (for solo flute)

Heraclio Hernandez
El diablo suelto

Carlos Bonet
La partida

Gareth Farr
Taheke
allegro | andante | presto

Biographies

“To play as powerfully, as sensitively and as flawlessly as flutist Leslie Newman did…is to write the book on stamina and musical excellence. Bottom line: one of the highlights of the season.” This is how critics have described Leslie who, since her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut at the age of eighteen, performing Carl Nielsen’s formidable Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, has developed a loyal audience with her lyricism, technical command and musical integrity.

Leslie Newman is the principal flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, a post she has held since 2008. As guest principal flute, she has played with the Hallé Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra and Esprit. She has toured through Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Europe and the U.S. with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

As soloist, Leslie has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She has presented recitals across the UK, with numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, including two live recital broadcasts from the world-famous Wigmore Hall, and throughout Canada, including Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic tours and numerous national and regional CBC broadcasts. Other notable recital engagements include at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia. Festival appearances include Banff, Belle-Ile (France), Bogotá, Salzburg, Sorrento, Sweetwater, the Stratford International Flute Festival (UK), Ottawa’s Chamberfest and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Leslie’s debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, was described by Gramophone Magazine as an “…immensely worthwhile contribution to the catalogue.” Her second solo CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute” (Wholenote Magazine).

At the age of seventeen, Leslie won First Prize in the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Douglas Stewart, she was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study with the legendary Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. While still a student at Yale, Leslie won Top Prize in the woodwind category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Young Performers’ Competition. Upon completion of her Master’s degree at Yale University, where she was named Outstanding Performance Major, Leslie moved to New York where she continued her studies with Julius Baker at the renowned Juilliard School.

Leslie lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Erica Goodman is arguably the most prominent Canadian harpist of her generation, and easily among the top several from North America. Her technique is all-encompassing and her interpretive skills incisive and imaginative. To say her repertory is broad and eclectic would be an understatement: she performs works from all periods, from Baroque (Handel, Couperin, Lully, and many others) to contemporary (Elliott Carter, Crumb, Hovhaness); from little known composers (François Joseph Gossec, Louis-François Dauprat, Marjan Mozetich) to well-known composers not associated with the harp (Donizetti, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Satie), as well as women composers (Sophia Corri Dussek, Barbara Pentland, and Alexina Louie). And, of course, she has regularly appeared at the world's major concert venues as soloist, chamber player, and recitalist. Goodman has made over 30 recordings spread over several labels, including Naxos, BIS, CBC, Marquis, and Opening Day.

Erica Goodman was born in Toronto, Canada, on January 19, 1948. Her father was violinist Hyman Goodman. Young Erica began studying piano in 1958, and a year later, without abandoning piano, took up the harp. In her early years Goodman's harp teachers included Charles Kleinsteuber, Judy Loman, and Carol Baum. At the Curtis Institute (1967-1969) she studied harp with Marilyn Costello.

Goodman launched her professional career with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, serving as second harpist from 1962-1966, returning for a second stint in 1969-1973. During this last period she debuted as a soloist (1969) in the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1970 she teamed with fellow Toronto Symphony member, flutist Robert Aitken, to form the Aitken-Goodman Duo. The two toured the U.S. with the American chamber group Tashi in 1976. That same year Goodman gave the highly praised premiere of the Oskar Morawetz Harp Concerto in Guelph, Ontario. She would commission and perform many other important harp works, like 1979 Milton Barnes' Variations for harp solo.

Goodman was given the prestigious Mona Bates Award in 1978 for her exceptional artistry. In 1980 she and Aitken won the Grand Prix du Disque Canada for their BIS LP entitled Flute and Harp. Throughout the 1980s and beyond, Goodman freelanced and continued performing in the Aitken-Goodman Duo. She also played in other chamber groups, including the Trio Toronto, Galliard Ensemble, and Trio Lyra. Goodman remained busy in the new century. Her later recordings included the 2008 Naxos CD of Elliott Carter's Mosaic.


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
a What’s So Great About Classical Music? presentation:
The Beethoven Monument

Saturday November 5, 2016 at 8:00PM
$25/$10 students (cash only)

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Program

Ludwig von Beethoven: the story the trials and tribulations of how the Monument to the Great One was erected in his home town on Bonn...

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc…

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.


Long & McQuade Musical Instruments & Altus Flutes present Lorna McGhee

Saturday November 5, 2016

Altus Flute Trials
12:30-1:30 & 2:30-3:00

Recital with Jeanie Chung, piano
1:30-2:30pm
$20-general admission, $10-students & seniors

Masterclass
3:00-5:30pm
Performers-$50
(5 spots, minimum grade 8 RCM, or equivalent) Auditors-$10

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact:
Patricia Dydnansky, Flute Consultant
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
925 Bloor Street WestToronto, ON M6H 1L5
(416) 588-7886
pdydnansky@long-mcquade.com

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post) Lorna has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Before immigrating to North America in 1998, Lorna was co- principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the USA. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed in Europe, North America, Australia, Singapore and Japan in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, the Louvre, Paris, the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, Lorna is now a member of the flute faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. She has given master classes at universities, conservatoires and flute festivals in the UK, USA, Japan and Canada, including Julliard School and the Royal Academy of Music.


New Voices in Israeli Jazz
Guy Mintus, piano, Sivan Arbel, vocals

Friday November 4, 2016 8PM
$20/$10 students (cash only)
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Israeli born-New York based pianist, composer and educator Guy Mintus was hailed as a “talented young musical emissary who expertly blends the folkloric sounds of his homeland with the improvising aesthetic of jazz.” Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen.

Guy is active in the Jazz, world music and contemporary scenes. His music brings together elements from stride piano to Turkish makams, Indian rhythms to Bach-styled counterpoint, Jewish melodies and American jazz standards all weaved together in his own signature style.

Guy has performed throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East leading his own projects as well as a sideman in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kassel Staatstheater, the Apollo Theater, the ancient Amphi Theater of Pythagoreo, Red Sea Jazz Festival and more.

He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Grammy winning artists such as Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as master musicians from Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Spain, India, Cuba & Mali.

As a composer, Guy has won awards and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Downbeat Magazine, the American Composers Orchestra, Imani Winds Ensemble and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation among others.

His recordings include a debut album with the "Offlines Project," a duo Guy co-leads with Israeli-Turkish percussionist/oudist Yinon Muallem as well as the live solo album “The Mediterranean Piano."

Most recently, he was honored to perform with the “Offlines Project” at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on International Jazz Day. guymintus.com

Sivan Arbel, a young Israeli singer, arranger and composer arrived at the New York City Jazz scene in November 2014 and has not looked back since. She has begun to make her mark in the NYC jazz scene, performing on stages across the city with her passion to spread music and love to the world.

In the summer 2016 Sivan had the privilege of touring across Canada, taking part in the jazz composers series in Montreal, participating at the Banff Music Workshop and playing across Ottawa and Calgary.

Before coming to New York, Sivan established herself as a rising talent in Israel and Dublin.

In June 2014, Sivan was honored to be the sole representative of Newpark at the 24th Annual International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in South Africa which was established by Dave Leibman and founded by Walter Turkenburg. sivanarbel.com


The Art of the Piano:
Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8 pm
On-Line Advance Ticket: $16 (fees included), Door: $20

TwinMuse: An evening of Piano Four Hands and Cinema

Program

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Petite Suite (1886)
I. En Bateau
II. Cortège
III. Menuet
IV. Ballet

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

Sacre du printemps (1913)
Tableaux de la Russie païenne en deux parties

Plus, towards the end of Le Sacre :
3D animated film : CODA
Martine Époque et Denis Poulin (Directors)

Pause

Nicole Lizée (1973 - )

Excerpts from Hitchcock Études for piano, soundtrack and video (2010)
- Psycho-Saul Bass Étude
- Psycho- Stutter Étude
Hourshid Afrakhteh, piano

- The Birds, Schoolhouse Étude
Mehrshid Afrakhteh, piano

Matthew Davidson (1964 - )

After Brahms, Nine concert tangos for piano four hands (2000)
Dedicated to Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrahkteh

Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963)

Malaguena (1928) (excerpt from Suite Andalucía)
Arrangement for piano 4 hands by Luis Sucra

Biography

Twin sisters born in Iran, Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh are solo pianists and duettists. Under the name of TwinMuse, they have played in France, Quebec, Toronto and Montreal. Combining sound, image, multimedia and dance, Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh play an eclectic piano duet repertoire. Their virtuoso touch demonstrates their unique complicity in works by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Ernesto Lecuona as well as works by Canadian composers such as Nicole Lizée and Matthew Davidson. TwinMuse have also performed several concerts with dancers, charity concerts and participated in various multicultural events. They teach piano, theory and history of music in music schools and privately.

 

Recent Projects

Recording of an excerpt of the piano duet version of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky for the NFB film CODA produced by the research Laboratory in technochorégraphie (LARTech), Dr. Denis Poulin and Martine Époque. CODA, officially selected at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (TIFF2015) and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2015 (FNC2015). For this concert Hourshid and Merhshid are going to do a live performance of the music score in sync with the film.

Live performance of The Rite of Spring in tandem with “Dear Criminals” for Frédéric Tavernini’s multimedia dance project: “Thing are leaving quietly, in silence”

Live performance of « Music for piano 4 hands » by Morton Feldman with twin sisters dancers Gobeil

twinmuse.ca


Sara Schabas, soprano & Geoffrey Conquer, piano

Wednesday November 2 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

That time of evening

Program (subject to change)

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Volate, amori (Ariodante)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Songs on poems by Victor Hugo
- Comment, disaient-ils
- Oh! quand je dors
- S'il est un charmant gazon
- Enfant, si j'etais roi

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32 

I. Allegro moderato
II. Minuet
III. Presto

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Nuvoletta (Op. 25, text by James Joyce)
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Op. 24, text by James Agee)

Sara Schabas, a Canadian soprano known performances of "nuance" and "beauty" (Oakwood Register, Ohio and Mooney On Theatre, Toronto), is a native of Toronto.

Schabas has performed at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in roles including Juliette (cover) in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Candace in William Bolcom's A Wedding. A former artist-in-residence with the Dayton Opera in Ohio, Schabas' further operatic roles have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Premiere Productions Ottawa, Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with Opera on the Avalon, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking) with Dayton Opera, and Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Laurette (Le docteur miracle) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Equally passionate about concert works and art songs, Schabas' concert engagements have included Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" and Brahms' Liebeslieder Wälzer with members of the Dayton Philharmonic, Soprano Soloist in Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic, Suite from The Tender Land with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and cover for Mahler's Fourth Symphony at the Castleton Festival under the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Committed to new works, Schabas has collaborated with the composer Jake Heggie and recently debuted with Tapestry Opera in a recital of new Canadian opera excerpts as part of their Songbook VI. She has performed as a Fellow with Toronto Summer Music Festival's Art of Song, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy.

Schabas has received awards from the Canadian Music Competition, Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Performance with a minor in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Also dedicated to giving back to her community through music, Schabas has sung with the charities Sharing Notes, where she performed for people in Chicago hospitals, Songs by Heart, where she sang daily in nursing homes with people with alzheimer's and dementia, and currently volunteers at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. She returns this season to the Aspen Music Festival as a Mercedes T. Bass Opera Fellow, and performs recitals at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and at the International Resource Centre for Performing Arts as a recipient of the Judith Forst Scholarship.

Canadian pianist Geoffrey Conquer has been praised for having, “obviously received the secrets of the great pianistic technique that produced Gilels... The sonority is massive and at the same time, always clear, musicality is always there, and rubato used wisely” (La Presse).

Geoffrey Conquer was born in Toronto in 1990 into a musical family and began piano lessons at the age of six. After studying with Svetlana Gojevic for ten years, he received the A.R.C.T Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. Following this, he studied at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University for eight years with the legendary Georgian pianist and pupil of Emil Gilels, Professor Marina Mdivani. Currently, Geoffrey is a fellow in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Glenn Gould School.

Geoffrey Conquer is a two-time First Prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, a Second Prize winner at the 2014 and 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Germany, and a Laureate of the Canadian Music Competition. Among the numerous scholarships he has been awarded from McGill University are the Mary Feher Prize, two Graduate Excellence Fellowships, and the prestigious Schulich Scholarship. Geoffrey is a grateful recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Williamson Foundation for Music. He has worked in master classes with the renowned pianists and pedagogues Daniel Pollack, Lily Dorfman, and Boris Berman. Also an active collaborative pianist and chamber musician, his coaches include Michael McMahon, Dr. Julia Gavrilova, and Kyoko Hashimoto. His performances have been broadcast on Radio1 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and on CBC-McGill.


The Art of the Violin: Elissa Lee
with special guest Angela Park, piano

Sunday October 30, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

PROGRAM

Johann Sebastian Bach : Partita No. 2 for solo violin BWV 1004

Allemanda
Corrente
Sarabanda
Giga
Ciaconna

INTERMISSION

Edvard Grieg : Sonata No. 1 in F major op. 8

Allegro con brio
Allegretto quasi Andantino
Allegro molto Vivace

Maurice Ravel : Sonata for Violin and Piano

Allegretto
Blues - Moderato
Perpetuum mobile - Allegro

BIOGRAPHIES

Elissa Lee, violin

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Boris Brott Festival Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l‘Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal and the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

Elissa Lee was born in Toronto, Canada where she studied with Victor Danchenko at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and, extensively, with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto where she received a masters degree in performance. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the prestigious Eaton Scholarship. Elissa Lee then moved to Germany to study privately with Andreas Reiner in Munich and Thomas Brandis at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. There she won second prize in the Gyarfas Competition and her graduation recital was awarded with Excellence. These studies were made possible by two Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a Canada Council Grant.

Elissa Lee has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Elissa Lee is now enjoying a busy freelance career, frequently on tour performing in the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding.

Elissa Lee has had a busy chamber music life as first violinist of the Kamareli Quartet and the Bomari String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston amongst others and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. With pianist Jeanie Chung she won second prize at the 2001 Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition and received Honorable Mention at the Vittorio Due Competition in Florence. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made in Canada in 2010, which performing concerts and tours throughout Canada.

Angela Park, piano

Canadian pianist Angela Park has been praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for playing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico). She has performed as both soloist and chamber musician across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, appearing in such noted series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. Angela has recorded with oboist Linda Strommen, cellist Rachel Mercer, and Ensemble Made In Canada, and won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. An active teacher, Angela earned her DMA in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (2011-2014). She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Ensemble Made In Canada has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University in London, Ontario since 2014.

www.angelapark.com


Bryn Roberts, piano and Lage Lund, guitar
“Nightsong” Album Release Concert

Saturday October 29, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Biographies

Pianist and composer Bryn Roberts is based in New York City, where he is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts.

Roberts has performed extensively as a sideman and a leader, appearing regularly in New York's prestigious jazz clubs including the Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Mezzrow, the 55 Bar and the Jazz Gallery. An acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has three albums out featuring his own music: his debut "Present Tense", "Ludlow" (featuring Seamus Blake, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label), and his most recent release, “Fables” (featuring Seamus Blake, Orlando le Fleming and Johnathan Blake).

Bryn has toured widely with his own groups including international festival, radio, and club appearances across the US, Canada, the UK, and Spain. His most recent tour took him to Japan where he led a trio featuring Rodney Green and Joe Martin in a series of appearances, including a concert for the national broadcaster NHK.

In addition to his work as a leader, Roberts is also an original member of the Nonet led by Grammy nominee Alan Ferber, and has recorded with the group for a series of critically acclaimed releases: "Scenes From An Exit Row", "The Compass”, "Chamber Songs" and “Roots and Transitions”.

Bryn’s most recent project is a duo collaboration with the celebrated guitarist Lage Lund. Their first album together, “Nightsong”, is to be released this fall. Longtime colleagues, they and have been playing together in different situations in New York for over a decade, but have recently begun exploring the freedoms and possibilities of the more intimate duo format. Their varied repertoire draws from their wide range of influences, and includes their own original compositions, new takes on standards from the American songbook, and re-workings of Brazilian songs.

Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Armed with a mastery of the standard repertoire and a growing and impressive body of original compositions, Lund swings with great authority, displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist. He also brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique” (New York Times).

Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first electric guitarist ever to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. In the years since his Monk Competition victory, he has become a sought-after sideman with the David Sanchez Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Mingus Orchestra and many more. He has been fortunate enough to work with elder statesmen and peers alike: Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Danilo Perez,Wynton Marsalis, FLY, Marcus Strickland, Will Vinson, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, and Carmen Lundy among others.

With four releases on the Criss Cross label including Unlikely Stories - a vibrant set of original tunes with a superb supporting cast. 2015 brings Idlewild - the third record featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart but the first in a trio setting. The results are stellar as Lund continues to refine his artistry, bringing tonal clarity and an unerring sense of proportion to music.

Also on released in 2015 is the OWL Trio – Arts and Letters EP, a follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut (selected as one of iTunes US “best of 2013”) as well as Maria Schneider Orchestras highly celebrated Thompson Fields – the title track being a feature for Lund.

Through stateside appearances and live engagements throughout Europe, Japan and around the world, Lund has ascended to the highest ranks as a performer and a creative force. He is among those setting the agenda for jazz improvisation in the 21st century.

“Of the younger cats, Lage Lund is THE one. He’s a wonderful player, scary actually!”
– Kurt Rosenwinkel


The Art of the Piano - Katherine Dowling
Henri Dutilleux - A Portrait from the Piano

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students


“…the pianist Katherine Dowling gave crystalline performances, which balanced gestural expressiveness and careful attention to color.” - The New York Times

“…played with effortless incisiveness by Katherine Dowling.” - The Boston Globe

“The redoubtable Katherine Dowling once again returned to make short work of the technical challenges, and astonishingly once again played entirely from memory.” - The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“The evening’s finale, it produced the most electrifying performance, a tour de force by Katherine Dowling.” - The Berkshire Eagle

Program

Petit air pour dormir debout (1981)

Au gré des ondes (1946)

I. Prélude en berceuse
II. Claquettes
III. Improvisation
IV. Mouvement perpetuel
V. Hommage à Bach
VI. Étude

Trois préludes (1973-1988)

I. D’Ombre et de silence
II. Sur le même accord
III. Le jeu des contraires

pause

Résonances (1965)

Sonate pour piano (1950)

I. Allegro con moto
II. Lied
III. Choral et variations

Award-winning Canadian pianist Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and the United Kingdom. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble performer, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.

Following two seasons as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Dr. Dowling was awarded the Henri Kohn Memorial Prize and selected as pianist for the New Fromm Players (the contemporary ensemble-in-residence of the center). She joined Gruppo Montebello in 2011, an all-star chamber ensemble directed by Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet); the group’s debut recordings appears on the Etcetera label, under the umbrella of New Arts International. Dr. Dowling is further familiar to audiences through her close association with The Banff Centre, where she has held numerous solo and collaborative residencies, as well as through her involvement with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Recent engagements include a cross-Canada tour with violinist Joshua Peters under the auspices of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, her solo debut with the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival, regular performances as a member of California-based ensemble Son à Trois, and appearances at the Ottawa, Regina, and Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festivals. She has enjoyed collaborating with esteemed artists including Marianne Pousseur, the Jupiter String Quartet, instrumentalists Shauna Rolston, Lara St. John, Joel Sachs, and Marc Destrubé, composers John Harbison, Anthony Cheung, Marco Stroppa and david lang, and visual artist Andrea Büttner.

She credits her teacher Gil Kalish, as well as Henri-Paul Sicsic and Janice Elliot-Denike, as the major influences in her musical life.

www.katherinedowling.com


OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students

Erika Nielsen - Baroque cello, works by Gabrielli, Dall’Abaco, and J.S. Bach

Arkana - improvised music for cello, piano, saxophone and percussion

Described as "a colorful cellist of many temperaments," Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a collaborative artist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. Her musicianship spans the classical tradition to Baroque, contemporary, and popular genres.

In the summer of 2015, Erika premiered a new Canadian music drama and completed a cycling tour of Canadian contemporary opera throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario as a member of The Bicycle Opera Project. She is a featured artist with Westwood Concerts at Gallery 345, and was recently a faculty member of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Erika worked as Principal Cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and was a member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Association, and the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble. Erika was also a selected fellow for the 2014 Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute.

From 2008-11 Erika was a member of minimalist ensemble Muskox, and has performed for Soundstreams, Spectrum New Music Series, and The Thin Edge New Music Collective. As a session musician, Erika has had the privilege of performing with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and frequents with Canadian songwriter Jeffery Straker. She has recorded for many artists, such as The Trews and for the 2014 JUNO-nominated album by Splash 'n Boots.

​Born in West Germany, Erika has performed at festivals such as the Banff Centre, Schloss Beuggen, Germany, Le Domaine Forget, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

She currently performs with the 25 piece Toronto Motown band The Big Sound, Classic Albums Live, and ELO tribute Strange Magic, in an improvisation duo with jazz pianist Ali Berkok, and as a member of improvising collective Arkana.

She holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School where she was a student of David Hetherington and is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston. She maintains a busy private studio in Toronto and also teaches for Havergal College. She would like to thank Tafelmusik for the loan of their Baroque cello.

www.celloerika.com

ARKANA

Arkana is a unit of collaborative improvisers who walk the edge of composition and improvisation. Pianist Ali Berkok (Aurochs, Muskox) is joined by drummer Andrew Miller, saxophonist Karen Ng, and cellist Erika Nielsen. Together, these four mainstays of the Toronto music scene conjure melodies, stretch forms, and lay down grooves, resulting in a dynamic, surprising performance each and every time. Building upon releases Hyprovisation (2007) and Kaleidoscope (2010), this incarnation of Arkana will see their efforts documented on the All-Set! imprint in the spring of 2017.

Ali Berkok- Piano
Multi-grant winning pianist Ali Berkok is an improviser and composer based in Toronto. His electro-acoustic quartet Aurochs will release their second album “Another Helpful Medicine” on the All-Set! imprint in Autumn 2016. Berkok’s solo piano music, is a diverse array of re-imagined jazz standards, original compositions and purely improvised pieces, all of which seek to explore fully the inner workings of the piano.

Andrew Miller- Drums
Hailing from Banff, Alberta, Andrew Miller is an in-demand session musician, composer and teacher and plays regularly alongside some of Toronto's most established musicians including, Jim Lewis, Andrew Downing and Mike Murley.

Karen Ng- Saxophone
Toronto based saxophonist Karen Ng is an eclectic musician involved in many different projects all over the grid. She has appeared on stage with Do Make Say Think, Bry Webb, Del Bel, the Broken Social Scene, Charles Spearin’s Juno award winning Happiness Project and Feist.


Jazz at the Gallery
Richard Whiteman’s Slash and Burn Quintet

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student

Jake Wilkinson, trumpet
Trevor Hogg, tenor saxophone
William Carn, trombone
Richard Whiteman, bass
Morgan Childs, drums

Whether you know him as a pianist, bassist or bar-side conversationalist, you will know that Richard Whiteman is always up for learning something new. Four years after the release of his first bass album, and eighth overall recording, Richard has been working on a jazz quintet project focused on new music written with the intent of not leaning on any chordal instruments such as piano and guitar.

For Richard, the formation of the Slash and Burn Quintet evolved naturally through a long series of projects and working relationships. Of his players, Richard says “Musicians are too often caged lions, full of talent, but not presented with enough opportunities to fully express it. I have composed most of the pieces with these particular three horn players in mind, creating ample space for them to really play and allow their musical personalities to be set free and expressed to their fullest potential.”

The Quintet is comprised of Richard Whiteman (Bass), Jake Wilkinson (Trumpet), Trevor Hogg (Tenor Sax), William Carn (Trombone), Morgan Childs (Drums). On Friday, October 21 you can see these the well-versed musicians unleash their caged instincts to Richard’s newest compositions at Gallery 345 on Sorauren Ave.

While not yet a full-length album, Richard was inspired by the "Slash and Burn" concept, which refers to the method of agriculture whereby plants and forests are cut and burned to create arable fields. "Burning" is also a term used by jazz musicians to describe music and playing that is exciting, swinging and exultant. "Slash and Burn" therefore connotes both destruction and renewal: a deconstruction of the jazz Richard has known and played all his life in order to reconstruct something new and original on the Canadian contemporary jazz scene.

Richard Whiteman is a versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released eight CDs and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.

For over thirty years Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, has played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. In recent years Richard has been recording and performing with Toronto’s Cookers Quintet.

Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of The Al Henderson Quintet and is in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.

In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at both Humber College and York University in Toronto.

For more information about Richard Whiteman please see: www.richardwhiteman.com


The Art of the Piano: Andrew Shapiro

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

"a warm blend of spare, classically influenced pieces with just enough pop sensibility to make them accessible...it shimmers in its minimalist strokes."
-Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“Very cool music...I love this piano etude that I’m listening to as I write this...I’m reminded of bits of [Steve] Reich, [Philip] Glass, Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins and Radiohead, intertwined with an aching longing and lots of integrity.”
- Vernon Reid, Living Colour

Andrew Shapiro is a composer and songwriter who blends his two biggest musical influences: '80s New Wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism.

Shapiro's music is regularly played on radio worldwide and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone, and Daily Candy. His cinematic piano track Mint Green has proved wildly popular with a Pandora play count of over 6.5 million.

His moody synth-pop debut album, Invisible Days, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine. Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Intimate Casual (2012), Numbers, Colors and People (2009) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.

Pink Jean Mint Green, a synthpop album featuring a collaboration with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, is set for release on June 24, 2016.

He writes original music for notable film and theater projects, and his music appears in a wide variety of national and international film and television productions ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.

Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Exit Festival (Serbia), TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York. He was also the subject of an extensive profile in the New York Times entitled "Quarter Pounder With Keys" for his weekly Sunday solo piano performances at McDonald's in downtown Manhattan.

Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Raised in Larchmont, NY, he lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife and son.

www.andrewshapiro.com


The Art of the Piano: Marco Grieco

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students

PROGRAM

Bach-Busoni
Choral Prelude in g minor, No. 7 BWV 659, "Nun Komm der HeidenHeiland” 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31.2, "The Tempest" 

Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 

Franz Liszt

The Evocative Power of Classical and Romantic Composers

"...one of the most interesting performers that Italian music has generated in the last years...young and established talent in the survey of the Italian classical music"
- Tra la Terra e il Cielo

"Endowed by expressive, elegant and controlled nature, he has performed important pages of the piano repertoire with great mastery.”
- Messaggero Veneto

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Foggia (Italy), Marco Grieco obtained his diploma in piano at the "Umberto Giordano" Music Conservatory in Foggia with highest honors under the guidance of A. Drago.

During this period, he won a scholarship sponsored by the Conservatory, through which he took part in a master class given by Alexander Lonquich in Rhodes Garganico and held during the "Gargano festival," in which he performed at the final concert. He was also selected by the Director of the Conservatory for the initiative "Conservatories meet up" in which the best students of Apulian Conservatories performed at other Conservatories of the same region. For some years, he continued his studies privately with Pasquale Iannone and attended many seminars and courses in piano technique and interpretation with the following Professors: M. Mollova, (Sofia, Bulgaria), F.J. Thiollier ("Scuola del Trio di Trieste") A. Lonquich (Garganico Rhodes), M. Matarrese (Bari and Lucera).

Since 2008, he has won awards in more than 35 national and international music and piano competitions including: Caramanico Terme "Paolo Barrasso" 2008 (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition), "Prix Ars Nova" 2008 in Teramo (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition) "V.Bellini" 2008 in Gragnano (1st absolute prize competition), Massafra International Music Competition "Valeria Martina" 2007 (1st prize), Pontedera - International Music Competition "Toscana Classica" 2008 (2nd prize).

Presented by Isituto Italiano di Cultura.


Maghan McPhee, soprano & Carl Philippe Gionet, piano

Sunday October 16 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

Program (subject to change)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Cinq mélodies de Venise
Mandoline
En sourdine
Green
À Clymène
C’est l’extase

Henri Duparc (1848-1933)

Au pays où se fait la guerre
Chanson triste
La vie antérieure
L’invitation au voyage

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Zueignung
Die Nacht
Allerseelen
Morgen
Cäcilie

Imant Raminsh (born in 1943)

Three Spanish Lyrics:
Caminante. Son tus huellas
Meciendo
Si os partieredes al alba

Canadian soprano Maghan McPhee’s voice has been described as “brilliant, with warm lyricism” (Times Argus). Her voice seems tailor-­made to the the brilliance and difficulty in the Mozartian opera roles , including Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Other roles are Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, and most recently, Berta in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia where she made her mark and “immediately had the public holding their breath during her brief but remarkable solo”.(LeDroit)

Maghan was recently featured with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, singing Mozart concert arias with National Art Centre violinist, Donnie Deacon.In her 2014/15 season, she worked with Alexander Shelley and Colm Feore in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Arts Centre Orchestra). She returned to the National Arts Centre in December as the soprano soloist for their annual Messiah. Ms. McPhee then launched her debut recording ‘Portrait’, a combination of art songs with resonant poetry that paints a picture of Maghan’s musical self.

Highlights of past seasons include being featured with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and making her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of a work by American composer Ryan Carter. Operatic highlights include creating the role of Hope in the Tapestry New Opera/Edmonton Opera production of Shelter by Juliet Palmer. Ms. McPhee is also a founding member Carmen on Tap (Micaëla), a travelling production based on Bizet’s original score. Most recently, Carmen on Tap appeared at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Toronto, and the Prince Edward County Music Festival. She is a dynamic and engaging recitalist and chamber musician having been engaged by various presenters including the Ottawa Chamberfest, Thirteen Strings and The Juilliard School in New York.

Ms. McPhee completed her second Masters Degree at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching position. One of only eight international singers in the inaugural class, she worked alongside various world-class coaches including Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Jennifer Ringo Conlon, and Lorraine Nubar. She is a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Musicians. This funding enabled her to continue her monthly trips to New York to work with acclaimed American soprano Benita Valente (Marlboro Music Festival), Jennifer Ringo Conlon (Los Angeles Opera; Bard College; Aspen Opera Theater Institute) and others from the Metropolitan Opera.

Competition credits include the Eckhardt Gramatte Competition, the Montreal International Voice Competition, the Louis Quilico Voice Competition, and the Académie International d'été de Nice (France) Competition. An honours graduate of the University of Toronto, Ms. McPhee earned a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa. She currently teaches voice at Carleton University and in 2014 founded a yearly summer program with Associazione Cieili Vibranti for Voice and Piano Collaboration in Breno, Italy and will be teaching in the Alps from July 15-29 2016.

Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is teaching at the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy. Carl completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. He has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and participated in numerous prestigious summer programs. Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie. MSR Classics will release his recording of Schubert’s four sonatas for piano and violin, with Icelandic violinist Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, in Spring 2016.
www.cpgionet.com


Magisterra Soloists

Saturday October 15, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

Please reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Mikela Witjes, violin; Francisco Galván, violin; Jordan Clayton, violin; Emily Walker, viola; Jeffrey Komar viola; David Evenchick, cello; Patrick Theriault, cello; Nic Carlucci, violin; Tyler Mäkinen, violin; Kelvin Mun, violin; Jillian Yang, violin

Program

MICHAEL MCLEAN (* 1959)
Preludio for four violins

EMILY DOOLITTLE (* 1972)
Sapling for violin and strings

GRAZYNA BACEWICZ (1909-1969)
Quartet for four violins

Intermission

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Octet E flat Op. 20
Allegro moderato con fuoco
Andante
Scherzo. Allegro
Presto

Biography

When acclaimed violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel began dreaming of a cultural exchange between Canadian and Brazilian musicians while touring South America’s largest country for the ninth time, she had no way of knowing how that dream would turn into a much greater reality. Months later, Vogel is now the founder and artistic director of an exciting new string ensemble, Magisterra Soloists, a self-proclaimed group of ‘cultural ambassadors’.

“For years now, I have been dreaming of a professional group that would bridge a gap in the musical landscape in Canada,” says Vogel. ”I wanted to form something that would provide a musical launching pad for talented graduates of Canadian universities and conservato- ries... Something flexible in size and instrumentation, championing an eclectic and exciting repertoire, old and new.”

As Canadian artistic ambassadors, Magisterra Soloists has already made a point of seeking out new works by Canadian composers in order to bring attention to the wonderful creative talent being cultivated on Canadian soil. Magisterra Soloists has commissioned as one of their headline works a piece for alto saxophone, violin, and strings from award-winning Canadian composer, Kevin Morse. The work had its Canadian premiere on May 8 in Guleph and will make its international premiere during their upcoming Brazilian tour. Another award-winning composer, Emily Doolittle, is currently writing a concerto for violin and strings that the group is scheduled to perform in the Fall season.

The ensembles current roster of musicians has 12 members from six different countries whose paths have all converged in this Lon- don-based group. “Currently, our musicians are all a product of Canadian post-secondary education. We have musicians from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Ottawa, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto” says administrative coordinator Mikela Witjes. “We are very fortunate to have such cultural diversity within our ensemble. Magisterra Soloists also offers the opportunity for young emerging musicians to work side by side and collaborate with established professionals. This is a unique and inspiring experience and it offers an incredible platform for making great music.”

www.magisterra.com| info@magisterra.com

 


HUBSCH MARTEL ZOUBEK

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students


Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Germany) - tuba, objects
Pierre-Yves Martel (Canada) - viola da gamba, harmonica
Philip Zoubek (Austria) - prepaed piano

Music that transports the listener to wondrous landscapes of secrecy and transparency. Highly virtuosic and with a rich vocabulary of extended techniques, these three musicians tell a captivating story. A quiet and pointillistic communication and a surprisingly new combination of instruments: viola da gamba, piano and tuba.

​Hübsch Martel Zoubek ​have been performing as a trio since 2012. Since releasing their first album June 16th on the Berlin-based label Schraum, they have performed concerts across Europe, two of which were recorded by the ORF (austrian national radio) and Radio-France. They will be releasing a second album this fall on Tour de bras Records and performing 18 concerts across Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

​Audio excerpts : www.pymartel.com/hubsch-martel-zoubek
​Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCKqlhe5d_w​


The Ruby Trio

Friday October 7, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Programme

Joseph Haydn, Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XXV

i. Andante

ii. Poco adagio, cantabile

iii. Rondo a l’Ongarese: Presto

Shostakovich, Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67

i. Andante

ii. Allegro con brio

iii. Largo

iv. Allegretto

~Intermission~

Christos Hatzis, “Constantinople: Old Photographs”

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70, No. 1, “Ghost”

i. Allegro vivace e con brio

ii. Largo assai ed espressivo

iii. Presto

The Ruby Trio was founded in January of 2015 at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Just a few months after their formation, they were selected as the winners of the Glenn Gould School's Chamber Music Competition. Since then, they have given numerous performances in the Toronto area, including a Postlude Concert at Koerner Hall, and on the Mount Pleasant Chamber Music Series. In September of 2015, they were asked by the Glenn Gould Foundation to be featured performers for Glenn Gould’s Birthday Celebration at the CBC in Toronto.

Its members are accomplished, unique artists, with multi-faceted musical backgrounds. Terri Croft (violin) is a prize-winning multi-genre fiddler, and with her former trio, won the chamber music category at the National Music Festival (2011). Amahl Arulanandam (cello) is a founding member of an acoustic rock band, and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte Strings Competition. Alex Seredenko (piano) performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in November of 2015, and is a recent winner of the Sylva Gelber Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

They hold graduate degrees from The Glenn Gould School, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and McGill University. The trio has received coaching and mentorship from Bryan Epperson, Desmond Hoebig, and Paul Kantor. Together, they are committed to bringing great music to new audiences, through their concertizing and community outreach.


Impressions of the Past and Present

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$20/$15 Seniors and Students, or on-line >

Program

Maurice Ravel
Introduction and Allegro for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp

Colin Eatock
World Premiere: Fantasy for Clarinet and Harp

Various Celtic music for flute and harp

Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 in a-minor

Musicians

Burning Bridge String Quartet:
Rebekah Wolkstein violin
Drew Jurecka violin
Shannon Knights viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Kenneth Hall, flute
Michael Westwood, clarinet
Sharlene Wallace, harp


Theremin & Piano music set to Lotte Reiniger's silent full-length animation film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926)
+ Animating Sound with the Theremin (Workshop)

"The theremin isn't an instrument that lends itself to hero worship, but ever since we saw Pamelia pluck an astonishing walking bass line out of thin air in the documentary MOOG we've been genuflecting with reckless abandon. Novelty value aside, (her) gift on her wonky instrument is profound and generous. She's based in Vienna now, so you won't want to miss this relatively rare local date. " - TimeOut New York

Monday October 3, 2016

WORKSHOP 5pm-7pm, $15

ANIMATING with the THEREMIN to bring sound to life! From first-timers to the more experienced, the workshop is open to all ages. We'll explore the basics of how it works, as well as more advanced techniques like pizzicato, legato, and aerial fingerings as well as working with effects processing pedals. If you have your own theremin, please bring it along because no two instruments have the same range/parameters.

PERFORMANCE/SCREENING 8pm, $15 /$10 students *suggested donation

Live musical performance incorporating compositions by Ravel, Bartok, Moussorgsky, and more - plus original incidental music and soundscapes complimenting the stunning visuals of one of the first full-length feature animation films ever made, "the Adventures of Prince Achmed" by Lotte Reiniger, 1926 (circa 60 minutes)

Pamelia Stickney, theremin + processing
Marie-Theres Rauba, piano

"She was born with Magic Hands." - Jean Renoir

Inspired by Indonesian shadow puppet theatre, Lotte Reiniger invented a silhouette animation technique involving manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera, shot frame by frame. Her groundbreaking work in the art of animation was an inspiration not only to film-makers (such as Disney) but also to generations of artists.

Thank you to the Austrian Culture Forum Toronto & the Austrian Federal Chancellery dept. of Art & Culture for their support towards bringing Pamelia to Toronto (and the U.S.) to perform.

For more information, feel free to contact Pamelia: pameliapamelia@hotmail.com

To learn more about Lotte Reiniger, start with this link to a recent article in the Guardian.


The Art of the Piano: John Stetch

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

John is on a Pan-Canadian tour that starts off in Ottawa, then Gallery 345, then Montreal, Edmonton, Victoria, Regina, Saskatoon.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.

The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.

After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.

After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.

Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.

His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.


REGENERATE

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students
Available at the door or via tiny.cc/regenerate2016

"Regenerate” is an event that will combine multiple mediums of artwork in one place under one concept.  The evening will begin as a gallery viewing and end with a musical performance.  There will be a cash bar, parking, and tickets available at the door.


Life’s Nothing Without Love: Soft Sounds
A Chanson Evening
Friederike Ott and Rudolf Gregor Knabl (piano)

Thursday September 8, 2016 at 8 pm
Presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto
Please request seats at info@gallery345.com

Biographies

Rudolf Gregor Knabl was born in Munich, Germany, in 1951. After graduating from high school, he studied composition, conducting and clarinet at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich. In 1974, he began to work for theatre and musical projects. Since 1979, he has been a composer at the Residence Theatre in Munich and its musical director too. So far, Knabl has written about 210 compositions for various German-speaking theatres including the Burgtheater in Vienna and the local theatres in Basel, Graz, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, as well as for the Salzburg Festival. Thus, he cooperated successfully with well-known directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Werner Schroeter, Jérôme Savary, Klaus Emmerich and many others. Beside the theatre work, Knabl has composed chamber and orchestral music and about 150 songs and chansons. His portfolio also includes own musical productions and some for German TV.
More info (in German language only)

Friederike Ott was born in Cologne, Germany. From 2005 until 2009, she studied acting at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. During her studies, she worked for various theatres (Stadttheater Koblenz, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Frankfurt). It was in 2009 that she received her first fixed contract at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. There, she was able to work together with directors such as Caroline Stolz, Tilman Gersch and Constanze Lauterbach. Since 2011, Ott has been a permanent member of the ensemble of the Residence Theatre in Munich. In 2012, she was one of the winners of the advancement award of the Association of the Friends and Sponsors of the Residence Theatre Munich for her role as Annaluise in Erich Kästner's “Annaluise and Anton“. Another prize was given to her in 2013 when she received the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of Arts in the category “Performing Arts” for her work at the Residence Theatre.
More info (in German language only)

Program

  1. The boys in the backroom - Holländer/Loesser
  2. Just don't cry about love - Mackeben/Beckmann
  3. Illusions - Holländer/Dietrich
  4. You can't live without love - Dietrich
  5. Barbara Song - Brecht/Weill
  6. What a difference a day made - Grever/Adams
  7. Close to you - Bacharach/David
  8. Falling in love again - Holländer
  9. Jonny - Holländer
  10. In the crocodile bar - Löhner-Beda/Engel-Berger
  11. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child - Trad./Burleigh
  12. Surabaya-Jonny - Brecht/Weill
  13. Bang Bang - Sonny Bono
  14. Don't ask me why I'm leaving - Reisch/Stolz
  15. You know who I am - Cohen
  16. I don't know who I belong to - Holländer
  17. I'm strong - de Angelis/Kunze
  18. Pirate Jenny - Brecht/Weill
  19. Come away with me - Jones
  20. Youkali - Fernay/Kowald/Weill
  21. And finally - Altenberg/Eisler
  22. If I could wish for something - Holländer
  23. It only hurts the first time - Käutner/Eisbrenner
  24. Nanna's song - Brecht/Weill
  25. Stormy weather Arlen/Koehler
  26. Maybe I’ll be back - Cooke/Jeffrey

The Art of the Piano: David Virelles

Friday, July 15 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students

Named “#1 Rising Star”in the Piano category in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll in 2015, Cuban born pianist/ composer David Virelles grew up in a musical home. He started studying music at seven, as well as being exposed to the rich Cuban musical traditions.

The Brooklyn – based Virelles, who once became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson award, has performed or recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Román Díaz, Tomasz Stanko, Wadada Leo Smith, Jane Bunnett and The Spirits Of Havana, Dewey Redman, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Stanley Cowell, Chucho Valdés, Paul Motian, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Tom Harrell, Milford Graves, Alberto Lescay, among others.

Virelles’ album Continuum (on the New York label Pi Recordings) made several “Best Of The Year” lists in 2012, being selected #1 in The New York Times. His latest album Mbòkó, released in 2014 on the Munich label ECM also ended up in virtually every “Best Of The Year” list, including The New York Times, NPR, ITunes, The Village Voice, DownBeat Magazine, among other sources.

“Virelles looks set to make big differences in contemporary music for years to come.”The Guardian

“A different side to the great legacy of pianists that come from Cuba… He is the new school.”Gilles Peterson

“…there is a young Cuban pianist named David Virelles, whom I consider a genius.”
Chucho Valdés

“It’s got nerve and soul and memory.”
The New York Times

Sound samples
From Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012) A Celebration, Circa 1836
From Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012) Spectral
From Mbókò (ECM, 2014) Stories Waiting To be Told
From Mbókò (ECM, 2014) Biankoméko


Stanislav Pronin, violin and Alex Seredenko, piano

Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

Program

Stanislav Pronin, violin

Stanislav Pronin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.

Mr. Pronin's professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival inCanada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin's recordings, including his solo CD debut on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc.

Stanislav is the recipient of multiple awards from the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Voirin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.

Alexander Seredenko, piano

Pianist Alexander Seredenko, also of Russian heritage, has developed a following for his electrifying and deeply expressive performances. He has been studying on full scholarship at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where his teacher is Music in the Morning favourite, James Anagnoson. He has earned top prizes in numerous competitions, and was the first Canadian to win the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. He is scheduled to make his Toronto Symphony debut next season with the Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto.


Fenlon & Fenlon
Liebesbotschaft/franz schubert
Rachel Fenlon, piano & vocals

Thursday, June 17, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$20 Seniors & Students

Liebesbotschaft: A preview to the European Tour.

Liebesbotschaft is an exciting new venture of soprano on the rise, Rachel Fenlon. Fenlon, a Berlin­based classical singer, and accomplished pianist, has decided to undertake the ambitious task of accompanying herself in the songs of Franz Schubert, in an hour­long cycle of songs which lend themselves wonderfully to this style. Fenlon takes us on a new and unique journey through these timeless songs of love, loss, and salvation. She has compiled the songs of “liebesbotschaft” in such a way to be a striking poetic and harmonic expedition; accompanying herself from the piano to add a spontaneous, relevant, and impromptu feeling to songs and poems which, in their original conception, were performed in living rooms, amongst friends.

Here we have a Canadian preview of a very exciting project, which will take Fenlon back to Berlin, to London, Paris, Oslo, and more. The project has already received a welcome and generous reception in Germany, and this is a rare opportunity to see such a unique venture in its early stages.

About the artist:

Berlin­based soprano, Rachel Fenlon, is an artist on the rise. Quickly establishing herself in the operatic repertoire of Mozart, Handel, and Rossini; in the vast lied repertoire, from French and German to contemporary English works, and in demand as an oratorio soloist, Rachel enjoys a diverse and uniquely varied solo career.

Hilights on the operatic stage include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) with Vancouver Opera; Nannetta (Falstaff) and Queen Guinevere (Camelot) with Pacific Opera Victoria; Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns) with the Vancouver Symphony, and Mimi (La Boheme) with Bard on the Beach Festival. As an oratorio soloist, Rachel's recent projects include Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle with Maestro Alberto

Zedda, Handel's Messiah with the Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Brahms' Requiem with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Bach's Magnificat with Kitchener­Waterloo Symphony, Bach's Cantata 51 with Early Music Victoria, and Eriks Esenvald's Passion and Ressurection with the Borealis String Quartet. The passionate recitalist Rachel is, she has performed countless recitals over the past few years, exploring repertoire from Schubert and Berg, to Messiaen and Britten, and has participated as a young artist at festivals such as the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Rossini Opera Festival, and will soon attend the Crear Programme for Singers with Sir Malcolm Martineau in Scotland.

Fenlon holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia, is an alumna of the Vancouver Opera Young Artists Program, and continues to study with her teacher, Neil Semer, in Berlin. True to her diverse artistic nature, she is also an accomplished pianist, composer, and writer. In Berlin she collaborates frequently with singers from the piano, and composes more and more often. She is currently working on a chamber opera to a libretto of her own, and an original song cycle. Fenlon premieres several of her new chamber music compositions in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia set to poetry of Award­Winning poet Sue Goyette this June, and subsequently, composing and writing will take Fenlon back to Europe this summer. Next season sees a mixture of opera roles, symphony concerts, chamber music, and composition commissions. 


It Shoulda Been Me: A Cabaret

Thursday June 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$25/$20 Seniors, Students

Tickets available at: www.charlotteknightsoprano.com and at the door
Reserve seats at info@gallery345.com

Join Charlotte Knight as she celebrates the unconventional artistic journey from opera singer to musical theatre something-er-other… Featuring songs and stories inspired by the ups and downs of “the biz”, including several true tales of humiliating, humbling and rousing professional follies. And before you ask – YES, that is a hint. YES, there will be a more-than-predictable-even-for-Charlotte amount of Sondheim in the program. Along with songs from shows like The Light in the Piazza, Ordinary Days, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and artists ranging from Joe Inconis to Billy Joel. And last but not least, Charlotte is joined by the fabulous Jon Corkal at the piano! Expect an evening loaded with laughs, tears, fond memories, more tears and with any luck, an adequately happy ending.

Described as a “formidable coloratura soprano,” and “excellent comic actor,” Charlotte Knight is a versatile artist, equally at home in opera, operetta and musical theatre. This season, Charlotte toured with To Be Determined Theatre Co. in a musical adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and performed the role of Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with The Gallery Players of Niagara, and the various soprano roles in The Fairy Queen with Toronto Masque Theatre. Charlotte also made her company debut with the newly formed Lyric Niagara, performing selections from the Stephen Sondheim repertory in Tell Me the Truth About Love: A Cabaret and the roles of Carrie Pipperidge and Nellie Forbush in A Few of My Favourite Things: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Tribute. Next season, Charlotte will make her UK debut in Cabaret and Industry Showcases performances with Associated Studios in London. Recent stage roles include Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee with No Strings Theatre, Cecily in Benson & Davies’ Canadian operetta Earnest, The Importance of Being and Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Eduard Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

www.charlotteknightsoprano.com

Jonathan Corkal is an actor, singer, music director, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Saskatoon, SK, he discovered his passion for theatre and music while taking East Asian Studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC. He is currently enrolled in the highly regarded Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College and was a recent recipient of the Caldwell Foundation Award for Academic Achievement and Leadership, as well as the 2015 award for Highest Achievement in Musicianship. When he’s not performing on stage or behind an instrument, he can be found sitting at the piano trying to convert ideas into songs. Recent musical direction credits include Little Shop of Horrors, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (No Strings Theatre), BRIEFS: A Cabaret (Independent), Tick, tick…BOOM! (TNC Theatre), and Party Worth Crashing: Toronto (Bum Chic). Selected acting credits include Danny Boy: A New Musical (Theatre Paradoxe), To Be: In Concert (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Company (Players Theatre), West Side Story and Sweeney Todd (AUTS).


Coffee House 345
Fundraiser for New Music Concerts

Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door $50 (2 for $75)

General Manager David Olds dons another hat and joins some musical friends to show another side of his multifaceted personality. Tickets are $50 (2 for $75) and include complimentary coffee, pastries, wine and cheese. Proceeds will benefit New Music Concerts, with a charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion. Call 416 961 9594 for reservations or cash at the door


Chamber Music Society
Benefit Concert for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Sunday June 12, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets at the door $35 / $10 students


CCMC at Gallery 345 

Saturday June 11, 2016 at 8pm
$20

CCMC was born as a “collective”, to use the language of the time, in Toronto in 1974, where its shifting membership briefly coalesced into a core group of eight, and then six (Sokol, Snow, Mattes, Kubota, Dubin, Anson) who played, toured and recorded together for much of the next decade, and founded the original Music Gallery as a kind of laboratory of experimental music.  Personnel changes began again in the 80s, and today the ensemble continues in both name and spirit as a quartet (Snow, Oswald, Kamevaar, Dutton). That spirit was and is informed by a commitment to free improvisation and a determination to incite a kind of “group intelligence” capable of producing unanticipated musical artifacts.  Beyond the name, the founders are still at work;  Sokol, Kamevaar and Mattes play regularly  in a new ensemble (the “Boiler Room”), Kubota performs both as a soloist and with various collaborators, while Anson has turned to composition with mathematical tools.

CCMC has played in Europe, the US, and Japan, as well as in Canada, and has made media appearances on CBC radio, TVO and Japanese television.  The band has released five LPs, four CDs (including a double), two K7s, and a three-record set featuring the late Larry Dubin.

In this rare “collective” appearance, the old and new CCMCs will be playing in various combinations and also as a large ensemble. We’re excited by the opportunity;  while we all walk our own artistic ways, we are still animated by mutual respect and affection, and by a sense of the territory that may be reached by collaboration.

“These people have played together for years and their familiarity and single-mindedness of purpose – completely spontaneous improvisation – allows them a control of their materials, a subtlety of interaction, and a flexibility of moods resulting from a wide palate of colours, textures, and effects. …each of the instruments is an equal voice.   This is not a band in which one can hear imitations of other bands.   At its most successful the music has an inevitability and drama which seems composed, beyond the wonderfully tense edge of invention one feels in improvised music at its best. One can hear in their music “the sound of surprise.” Art Lange, first President of the Jazz Journalists Association.

“Dynamic and Innovative Music” – The Winnipeg Tribune

“Spine tingling excitement WARM AND FRIGHTENING, excitingly fresh, filled with a spirit of exploration and surprise.” – Bob Rusch, Cadence Magazine New York

“A splendid and harmonious ensemble” – Swing Journal Tokyo

“One of the best testaments to the long term viability of entirely improvised music” – Jazz Magazine, Paris

“Wildly Brilliant” – Peter Goddard Toronto Star

“Each player has developed their own instrumental voice, nowhere here does one hear imitated or memorized licks or clichés” – Art Lange Coda Magazine


Not Another Soprano Recital
Melanie Taverna & Sydney Clarke, sopranos
Ivan Jovanovic, piano

Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$15/Students PWYC

PROGRAMME

H. Purcell (1659-1695)

V. Bellini (1801-1835) Selections from Sei arriette

Tarentelle - G. Fauré (1845-1924)

INTERMISSION

Die Boten der Liebe - J. Brahms (1833-1897)

Cinq Mélodies de Venise - G. Fauré

Selections from Brettl-Lieder - A. Schoenberg (1874-1951)

"We are Women" from Candide - L. Bernstein (1918-1990)

Melanie Taverna, soprano

French-Canadian soprano Melanie Taverna is a versatile artist, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. A recent graduate of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (The GGS), Melanie maintains a busy performance schedule. This past summer, Melanie had the pleasure of performing in Centre for Opera Studies in Italy’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto in the role of IL DESTINO. Past credits include: PAMINA in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and GRASSHOPPER in The GGS production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Melanie was also a chorus member in The GGS productions of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in beautiful Koerner Hall, in Toronto.

More recently, Melanie had the opportunity to perform the role of MARIE with the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and the Chorale De La Salle in France Levasseur-Ouimet’s grand suite Elles s’appelaient Marie in her hometown, Ottawa, Ontario. As well as performing in a variety of private events and fundraiser concerts, Melanie recently was the guest soloist at the first annual gala for the Centre d’Accueil Héritage in Toronto. Ms. Taverna enjoys performing a wide variety of repertoire and continuously cultivating her musical interests.

Sydney Clarke, soprano

Sydney Clarke is a versatile and promising new vocal talent on the classical music scene in Ontario, Canada. This soprano, a recent graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (GGS), is a singer whose repertoire covers a vast array of genres and styles.

This summer, Sydney will have the pleasure of performing the role of SESTO in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.  This autumn, Sydney will be moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba to pursue her Masters in Vocal performance at the prestigious University of Manitoba, at the Desautel Faculty of Music.

This past summer, Sydney performed in Sulmona, Italy, in Center for Opera Studies in Italy’s production of Cavalli’s La Callisto in the role of ETERNITÀ. This spring, Sydney performed as a chorus member for Opera Atelier’s production of Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the beautiful Elgin Theatre. Throughout the past four years, Sydney has had the privilege of performing at Koerner Hall on numerous occasions where she was a chorus member in the GGS’s productions of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. There, she also played the role of THE FROG in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Sydney Clarke currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from Thompson Rivers University in association with the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently resides in Toronto, taking private lessons with Monica Whicher. Sydney looks forward to pursuing her musical career and further expanding her musical repertoire.


THE JOURNEY OUTWARD

Wednesday & Thursay June 8 & 9, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students 
Buy tickets  at www.ticketscene.ca/events/15228/
Or reserve seats at info@gallery345.com (cash only at the door)

Music - Michael Donovan
Projection Design - Lukas Pearse

SCHUBERTNOW COLLECTIVE:
Michael Donovan - baritone
Monique De Margerie - piano
Paul Pulford - cello
Nicholas Donovan - drums
Ian Graham - Sound

Biographies

Michael Donovan, composer and singer

Michael Donovan’s experience as a musician encompasses a wide range of musical styles and forms of expression.

As a boy, he studied piano and pursued extensive studies in classical and jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire du Québec. As a teenager, he composed original music for the avant-garde bands with which he performed. He then went on to pursue vocal studies at McGill University, followed by graduate studies in opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender. Donovan was also a student of renowned Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century’s greatest master of lieder.  As Fischer-Dieskau’s hand-picked private student at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Donovan was immersed in the historic continuum of Romantic art song interpretation.
Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music and improvisational music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto) and, most recently, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal.

Donovan is also in demand as an educator. He teaches at Wilfrid-Laurier University, York University and at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He has given master classes at York University, Brandon University, the Glenn Gould School, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and Concordia University. He is also an active adjudicator and consultant for music schools and festivals.

As a composer, Donovan has written numerous settings of poems by living Canadian, German, French and Japanese poets. He has also written chamber music and film music.

Donovan’s PhD in musicology, which was nominated for the York University Thesis Award, is an inquiry into the deep-ecological significance of the poetic settings of Franz Schubert.

www.schubertnow.ca

Lukas Pearse, video projection artist

Lukas Pearse is a Bassist/ Media Artist/ Composer / Sound Editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

An award-winning film composer and member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Lukas  is an acoustic, electric and digital musician and sound artist with professional experience in a wide array of genres and creative forms.

Rooted in visual art as firmly as in music, Lukas Pearse also provides both improvised and composed live visuals for music, modern dance, fine art and theatrical events.

With extensive teaching experience, Lukas Pearse is also a passionate educator both privately and through the artist-run Centre for Art Tapes and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

www.lukaspearse.ca

Monique de Margerie, piano

As a chamber musician, Monique de Margerie has enjoyed a busy career on three continents, including recent tours in Cambodia with her husband, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, and in Japan with violinist Hibiki Kobayashi.

After graduating from Germany's Hochschule für Musik in Munich with a graduate degree in performance, she began her European career touring  throughout Germany with Maestro Helmut Rilling and the Gachinger Kantorei.

Since then she has worked as a collaborative pianist and teacher at the Conservatoire Americain Konig in Paris, at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and was, most recently, a member of the faculty at Laval University in Quebec City.   

She is frequently invited to adjudicate and teach throughout Canada; since relocating to Toronto in 2011, Monique de Margerie pursues an active career as a private piano teacher and collaborative pianist.

www.mdemargerie.yolasite.com

Paul Pulford, cello

Paul Pulford maintains a busy schedule as a conductor, chamber musician and soloist.  As resident conductor and soloist for the NUMUS Ensemble, he recently performed John Taverner’s Svyati for Cello and Choir and conducted the Canadian premier of the chamber orchestra version of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra and the Schoenberg arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. This past season he also performed the cello solo in Oskar Morawetz’ Cello Concerto, In Memoriam, Martin Luther King.

As a conductor, Pulford has worked with Symphony New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a guest with the KW Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Symphony. In 2005 he conducted the premier performances of Tim Brady’s opera The Salome Dancer, and in early 2014 conducted the first workshop performances of Tim’s new opera, The Record Player.  Pulford has been the Principal Conductor of the Wilfrid Laurier Symphony since 1989 and during his tenure the orchestra has developed into a mature ensemble, regularly performing the major works by Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Hindemith, etc.  The Laurier Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, has recorded for the Eclectra Label with soloists Darren Lowe and Suzanne Beaubien.

Pulford maintains a passionate commitment to New Music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989) and the NUMUS New Music Ensemble in Waterloo.  Blue Rider specializes in 20th and 21st century works for Instrumental Theatre and has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The BRE is currently involved in a four-year project to create a new work based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is funded by a major SSHRC grant.  He has been a member of the Penderecki String Quartet, the Orford String Quartet and the Galliard Ensemble.

Pulford has recorded over 30 CDs, including the complete works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label) with fortepianist Boyd McDonald, and the complete Bartok String Quartets (Eclectra label) with the Penderecki String Quartet.  His most recent CD, The Bach Cello Suites: Volume I was released on iTunes in 2014.


foretelling: (for telling) new sounds and visions

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8 pm
$15; $10 Snrs, Students, Arts Workers

fortelling (Norwegian) f, m ‎(definite singular fortellinga or fortellingen, indefinite plural fortellinger, definite plural fortellingene)
1. a story or tale

fortelling: (for telling) is a recital of new art song and chamber music featuring works by Toronto composer Tyler Versluis and Norwegian-Canadian composer, Tze Yeung Ho. Tyler Versluis's new song cycle for soprano, harp and two violoncelli sets the austere poetry of Toronto poet Lindsay Mason, and is accompanied by haunting, muted images by Niagara artist, Timothy Goertzen. Tze Yeung Ho's new chamber works juxtapose the ephemeral and grotesque, filling old classical forms with new intensity.

Maeve Palmer, soprano
Wesley Shen, piano
Angela Schwarzkopf, harp
Carolina Herrera, violin
Katherine Peter, violin
Clara NguyenTran, viola
Amina Holloway, violoncello

Programme

TYLER VERSLUIS: Five Poems (by Lindsay Mason) with artwork by Timothy Goertzen
TZE YEUNG HO: shulammite (a)
TZE YEUNG HO: Klaverkvintett


Biographies

Tze Yeung Ho (b. 1992) is a Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent. Despite being a native of Oslo, Norway, he spent most of his formative years in Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he has studied intensively with an array of Canadian composers. He currently pursues a master's in composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Tyler Versluis is active as a composer, writer and conductor of new music. Tyler is currently new music correspondent for Musical Toronto and is enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, studying composition with Gary Kulesha.


"Know The Now”
Christopher Simmons: solo piano

Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Christopher's compositions capture and reveal several genres of music that is influenced by classical, contemporary, new age and jazz. The music maintains a noble stylistic consistency that provides a solid foundation for highly active interplay, heartfelt expression and creative, dynamic improvisation.

Program – “Know The Now”

Photo by George Onuska

Biography

Christopher Simmons started his music education in Hamilton, ON, Canada. He was the principal pianist in both the Mohawk College and McMaster University big bands. While attending college, he was hired as an assistant jazz piano instructor and immediately after graduating; he performed the Toronto circuit for several years as a sideman in several groups. He then went onto lead his own jazz fusion group resulting in live and syndicated performances on Radio and National Television across Canada. He was awarded Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for piano composition. This enabled Christopher to study with Jim McNeely; pianist, composer, arranger for the multiple Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York City as well as pianist/composer Richie Beirach.

Throughout Christopher’s career; he has performed and recorded with some of the most acclaimed blues, gospel and jazz musicians of our generation; some of which include; Harrison Kennedy, Karl Dixon, Donny McCaslin, Bocle Bros, Chris Wood, Gene Calderazzo, Jay Anderson, Jeff Hirshfield, Rufus Cappadocia, Paul DeLong, Ted Quinlan and Robert Bonisolo. Some of Christopher’s performance highlights in New York City include; Musical Director/Pianist at the centennial birthday tribute to the late Duke Ellington (1899­1974); at the Triad Off Broadway Theater. The tribute featured several special guests including Duke’s only sibling; his sister, the late Ruth Ellington (1915­2004). Now living in Toronto; Christopher Simmons performs at clubs and festivals with his trio, featuring drummer Kevin Dempsey and bassist Artie Roth. He also performs solo concerts and is part of the performing artist roster of the Music Can Heal Organization.

"His comfort with the keyboard comes through on the solo pieces, "How Insensitive" and the closing track, "Two Preludes." With its nicely developed nursery rhyme figure, it is his most engaging composition."
DAVID DUPONT ­ (Jazz Cadence Magazine).

"Chris has come up with a list of beautiful tunes, some familiar, some less known, and found his own original way of presenting them. His approach has nothing to do with "chops" or ego. Rather than show off his hands, Chris has chosen to put the music first. He makes us aware of the melody and the real feeling of the tune. Support from Artie Roth & Steve Davis couldn't be better." – DON THOMPSON, OC

www.christophersimmonsmusic.com


Burning Bridge String Quartet
Michael Westwood, clarinet

Sunday, May 29 at 8 pm
$20/$15 Seniors and Students

Program

Rebekah Wolkstein violin
Drew Jurecka violin
Shannon Knights viola
Amy Laing cello
Michael Westwood clarinet


The Odin Quartet
String Quartet Through the Ages

Friday May 27, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$15 Students

Reserve seats at info@gallery345.com

Program

Biography

Born in early 2015 on the Philosopher's Walk in downtown Toronto, the Odin String Quartet unites students from the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. The ensemble represents the diversity and the promise of youth in Canada: violinist Alex Toskov is an international student from Belgrade, Serbia; Tanya Charles, also a violinist, grew up in Hamilton, Ontario with roots in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Laurence Schaufele, one of many in family of musicians, is a violist from Bow Island, Alberta; and Samuel Bisson, cellist and composer, hails from Ottawa, Ontario. In June 2015 Odin quartet was selected to be one of the few quartets to participate in Luminato Festival’s epic production of R Murray Schafer’s 1980 oratorio Apocalypsis. Quartet maintains a close relationship with the award-winning Toronto based Afiara Quartet, who they have collaborated with at a music camp in Westport ON, and shared stage at the Gardiner Museum in July 2015.

The name of the quartet, after the wise, one-eyed Norse god, reflects the influence on the members of mythology and subsequent interpretations in music and poetry of the romantic era. The Odin String Quartet aims to promote modern Canadian compositions, particularly those of Samuel Bisson, alongside works of the classical music literature. They believe that an understanding of the history of classical music is essential to the creation of new and meaningful modern music.

Recently, Odin has been performing recitals in the Toronto area and working on their first solo recording project that will be released in the summer of 2016.


Enliven the Ma
Continuum Contemporary Music and Okeanos

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30pm
$25 (cash only at the door)
Reserve seats at info@gallery345.com

Pre-concert film 7:30 pm

Ma - the tension between silence and sound - is explored in this concert featuring members of Okeanos, a UK-based ensemble specializing in the performance of contemporary music on traditional Japanese instruments. Featured are masterworks from the late 20th century, traditional works and a premiere by Max de Wardener.

A newly created pre-concert film by artist Rebecca Salter (Royal Academy) follows her research in Japan with master woodblock print artists; branching tradition with modern conceptualizations

The Japan Foundation is lending the gallery a brilliant collection of contemporary Japanese graphic design artworks.

PROGRAM

Aura Basil Athanasiadis JP
Ahania I Yoshio HachimuraJP
Ahania II Yoshio HachimuraJP
Dart Howard SkemptonUK
Fushi Howard SkemptonUK
picture the light * Max de WardenerUK
Chosi Traditional
Etanraku Traditional

* Premiered by Continuum

PERFORMERS

Mitsuki Dazai (koto)
Robin Thompson (sho)
Jinny Shaw (sho)
Anthony Thompson (clarinet)
Diane Leung (viola)
Ryan Scott (marimba)


The Art of the Piano: Simon Docking
Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jesus

Saturday May 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$25/$15 Students
Reserve seats at info@gallery345.com

from Simon Docking:

On Saturday May 7, 2016, I will perform Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Vingt regards sur
l’enfant Jésus
, at Gallery 345 in Toronto.

What made the 35 year old Messiaen write this epic 2 hour piano cycle in occupied Paris in 1944? His profound faith, of course, was behind all his music, but the direct impetus in this case was the request to provide music for a radio broadcast, a reading of twelve meditations on the Nativity of Jesus. Messiaen got carried away with the project and extended it to twenty pieces of music, each a reflection on Jesus’ infancy through the eyes of various characters in the story. He had also recently discovered the incredible talents of Yvonne Loriod, 20 years old at the time. Her virtuosity inspired Messiaen to create textures and colours that were completely new.

What made me want to perform this work now? Again, many things came together. As a teenager in Australia I had a wonderful piano teacher, Ransford Elsley, who had performed or premiered several of Messiaen’s works in the 1970s in Australia. He introduced me to the Vingt Regards in about 1985 and I was instantly drawn to its sound world. I knew that one day I had to play it. The opportunity to spend a few months overseas in 2015 gave me the time and focus to come to grips with its demands.

The Vingt Regards is, in a word used way too often, incredible. The variety, the length, the sheer inventiveness of this music amazes me. I can’t wait to play it for you!

Program

Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jesus - Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 19920

·  Regard du Père ("Contemplation of the Father")
·  Regard de l'étoile ("Contemplation of the star")
·  L'échange ("The exchange")
·  Regard de la Vierge ("Contemplation of the Virgin")
·  Regard du Fils sur le Fils ("Contemplation of the Son upon the Son")
·  Par Lui tout a été fait ("Through Him everything was made")
·  Regard de la Croix ("Contemplation of the Cross")
·  Regard des hauteurs ("Contemplation of the heights")
·  Regard du temps ("Contemplation of time")
·  Regard de l'Esprit de joie ("Contemplation of the joyful Spirit")
·  Première communion de la Vierge ("The Virgin's first communion")
·  La parole toute-puissante ("The all-powerful word")
·  Noël ("Christmas")
·  Regard des Anges ("Contemplation of the Angels")
·  Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus ("The kiss of the Infant Jesus")
·  Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages ("Contemplation of the prophets, the shepherds and the Magi")
·  Regard du silence ("Contemplation of silence")
·  Regard de l'Onction terrible ("Contemplation of the awesome Anointing")
·  Je dors, mais mon cœur veille ("I sleep, but my heart keeps watch")
·  Regard de l'Eglise d'amour ("Contemplation of the Church of love") \

Biography - Simon Docking

Australian-born pianist Simon Docking has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and beyond.

Simon has appeared as a soloist for Toronto’s Soundstreams, the Winnipeg New Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, Australia’s Aurora Festival, the new music group Stroma in New Zealand, the MATA Festival in New York, and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Wind Orchestra. His 2008 performance of Messiaen’s epic cycle Catalogue d’Oiseaux at the Scotia Festival was described in the Chronicle Herald as “Herculean…a tour de force”.

Simon has often been heard on CBC Radio Two’s Two New Hours, The Signal, and Concerts on Demand. Internationally his performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM (Australia), Swedish Radio, and Radio New Zealand.

Active as a chamber musician, Simon has been a founding member of several ensembles, including the Toronto-based group Toca Loca, with pianist Gregory Oh and percussionist Aiyun Huang. Commissioning works from many Canadian composers, Toca Loca has been presented by nearly every new music series in Canada from St John’s to Vancouver, as well as appearances in New York, California and Berlin. They have released two CDs: P*P (2009) and SHED (2010).

Simon studied in Australia with Ransford Elsley, and holds a doctorate in piano performance from SUNY Stony Brook, where he worked with Gilbert Kalish, and upon graduation was awarded New York State’s Thayer Fellowship for the Arts. In October 2011 Simon received an Established Artist Recognition Award from the province of Nova Scotia.


Gateway to Song: A recital by Louis De Nil

Sunday, May 1st at 2pm
All welcome! Pay what you can.

With pianist Helen Becqué and countertenor César Aguilar.

BIOGRAPHIES

Tenor Louis De Nil has recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at Western University studying with Torin Chiles. Louis first obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe with the McGill Savoy Society. He has completed the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) at VISI and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. During his time at Western, Louis performed with UWOpera, singing the roles of Gonzalve in of L’heure espagnole and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. He also performed Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Marianna Chibotar in 2015, and later performed the work again in Toronto with pianist Melanie Cancade. He is currently looking forward to collaborating with pianist Helen Becqué for his 2016 Toronto recital “Gateway to Song”.

A native of Belgium, Helen Becqué received both her bachelor and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the tutelage of Boyan Vodenitcharov. Subsequent solo studies led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler. Equally passionate about vocal repertoire, Helen also completed a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee School of Music, working in the opera division as well as with instrumentalists. Helen continued her studies in vocal accompanying with Helmut Deutsch and Fritz Schwinghammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München receiving a ‘Meisterklasse Liedbegeleitung’ diploma in 2010.   
Currently Helen is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, teaching Lieder and Song Interpretation classes in the Voice Studies department. Additionally, she serves as a coach and collaborative pianist for vocal students at both the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Countertenor César Aguilar just completed his Masters in Music at Western University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Opera and Digital Audio Arts from the University of Lethbridge, and was part of the music faculty at the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatoire for two years. He has performed with orchestras in México and in Canada, including the Lethbridge Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and in music festivals such as Escapararte and Tercera Invasión Excéntrica. His opera credits include roles in “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges”, “La Fille du Regiment”, and “Hansel and Gretel” as well as with summer institutes including TBSI and COAA.


Sensational Sujari!
Sujari Britt, cello & Ronée Boyce, piano

Monday April 25, 2016 at 8 pm   $20; $10 Students

Programme

Bach - Cello Suite no. 3 in C Major (Prelude, Sarabande)

Bach - Cello Suite no. 4 in E flat Major (Courante, Sarabande, Gigue)

INTERMISSION

Brahms - Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, 2nd Mvt.

Saint-Saens - The Swan

Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time, 5th mvt.

Biography

Cellist Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent and uncanny devotion to and understanding of music from a very early age.  She began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano.

Now 14 years old, Sujari began her college studies at the prestigious conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in Fall 2014.
Sujari was 2009-10 recipient of the Dianne Flagello Precollege Division Scholarship Endowment and 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 recipient of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation Scholarship at MSM, where she studies with noted pedagogue Marion Feldman. 
Sujari’s ability on the cello was rewarded when she won first place in the 2008 annual Associated Music Teachers League, Inc. scholarship competition. Sujari won the conservatory’s 2010-2011 concerto competition, culminating in a solo performance with the Symphony Orchestra in November 2011. 

Sujari was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through From the Top; she performed on From the Top/WQXR radio program which aired in Fall 2011, and she serves in the Arts Leadership Program. In February 2013, Sujari presented at Carnegie Hall as the Grand Prize winner of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Shining Stars competition; and in December 2014, she presented at Merkin Hall as Grand Prize winner in the young artists New York Chamber Orchestra competition.

Sujari opened the 2014-15 season with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra as soloist in their Classics Series. She was featured at the UN’s international HeforShe in September, and she presented at Madison Square Garden during quarter time for the NY Knicks In January. In October 2013 Sujari was a featured artist for the Shakespeare Company’s annual gala honoring Elizabeth McGovern at the Harman Arts Center in Washington, DC. Also in the 2013 season, Sujari performed at the United Nations for 2013 annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Sujari served as the featured guest performer for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Casual Classic Concert in May 2012.

In May 2011 Sujari was the featured artist at the 28th Annual Children’s Concert for the Gary Historic and Cultural Society in Gary, Indiana. In 2010, Sujari closed  the 11th Annual International Tropical Baroque Music Festival of the Miami Bach Society in Coral Gables, Florida, and in April, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the National Young Musicians Concerto Competition. She was invited as a guest performer at the Fifth Annual Midori and Friends Children’s Music Festival where she shared the progamme with Midori and with renowned clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

In November 2009, Sujari had the honor of performing with Alisa Weilerstein at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady, and their distinguished guests, where she was brought to the attention of many notables in the classical music industry. 

In February 2011, Sujari was featured as one of NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making” and her story was highlighted as a news item on the Today Show, and on NBC news stations across the nation. In May 2012 Sujari was featured in Ebony.com, and in September Sujari joined a host of prodigious young movers of the world on TEDx-Redmond of TED Talks. Sujari also is featured in an on-line THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, a TIME for Kids/Time Magazine article, and a segment of Katie! with Katie Couric. Sujari is StayThirsty Winter 2014 Spotlight Artist to watch!

In addition to being a member of JoSunJari, a classical string trio with her sister Joelle (violin), and her brother Sunnaj (violin); Sujari participates in the Kronos Quartet Program with Kaufman Center’s Face the Music, an alt-classical ensemble; is a member of the Harlem Chamber Players, a classical ensemble; and a member of Aziza and the Cure, a self-styled symphonic-soul-pop band co-founded by her sister Joelle.

Sujari has participated in various summer music festivals including Manhattan in the Mountains, New York University String Camp, Greenwood Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, and Kaufman String Camp.

In addition to her prowess on cello, Sujari expresses a variety of special talents and interests including painting, acting, running, music composition, sketching, and fiction writing!

Award-winning inspirational pianist Ronée Boyce possesses a dedication to performance and education that is steadfast and unquestioned. She is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility and has been enthusiastically praised for her great depth of musical interpretation. In addition to performing more traditional solo piano and chamber music, she has demonstrated a keen interest in Russian works along with more innovative and lesser - known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert.

Recent solo engagements have included recitals and concert appearances across Western Canada, New York City, London, France,  and the Caribbean, with special chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall, Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, Théâtre de Bourg, Maison de l'Europe, Maison du Canada, with L'Heure Musicale in France, and an invitation to perform for the Ambassador of Chile.


DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER DUO

Sunday April 24, 2016 at 2 PM
$25

DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER DUOTwo of Canada's pre-eminent musicians celebrate 30 years of musical friendship with a special performance at Toronto's Gallery 345.

Don Thompson is well known for his his work with jazz giants such as Jim Hall, George Shearing, John Handy, Paul Desmond, Boss Brass, Lenny Breau and many others. He is regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent multi instrumentalists (piano/bass/vibes) as well as being an outstanding composer, arranger and educator. In 2010 Don was invested as an Officer of the Order Of Canada.

Phil Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, is currently living on Vancouver Island and soon to embark upon the study of law at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law.

Don and Phil met as teacher and student at the Banff Centre in 1982. Their duo performances are notable for their telepathy, melodic clarity, sophisticated harmonic approach and the obvious respect and joy that they share with each other. Between them they have appeared on over a dozen Juno Award winning recordings.

This is truly a meeting of two supremely gifted musical minds. After a 30 year relationship their first duo recording, Look For The Silver Lining, is available on the Triplet Records label.

Biographies

As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Diana Panton, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. From 1988-2004 Phil was a fixture in Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others.

From 2004-2014 Phil resided on his native Vancouver Island where he maintained an active recording, touring, and teaching schedule. During this period Phil founded and operated the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts. He also composed and recorded the critically acclaimed album “Changing Seasons”, written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. The album was recognized in 2011 with a Juno Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Recording”. Phil was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He is currently in his second year of law studies at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. 

Donald Thompson was born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on January 18th 1940. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He appeared with groups led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage, and Fraser McPherson, as well as leading his own groups. He also appeared regularly on CBC Radio and Television as a featured artist and band leader. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. (Now available on CD). Whilst in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin, and George Duke.

He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's Boss Brass as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano 1987 - 1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums -Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects.

As a member of the house rhythm section at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond *, Jim Hall *, Milt Jackson *, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino *, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler.

He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 traveling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil.

In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all - Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at The Banff Centre along with other major international musicians.

Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own Quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer (has his own studio in his home). Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, was based on Vancouver Island from 2004-2014 and in the fall of 2014 entered first-year law at the University of New Brunswick. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013, and as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2015. 


MITCH YOLEVSKY, clarinet, CECILIA LEE, piano
Clarinet Music by French Composers

Friday April 22, 2016 at 8 pm
$20
/ Pay what you can

Program

Hye Won Cecilia Lee

H. W. Lee is a diverse freelancer musician based in Toronto, Canada. Currently working at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Ms. Lee is an inquisitive collaborative artist on all three major keyboard forms: piano, harpsichord and organ, whose work ranges from full – orchestral and graphic score readings to realization of figured/unfigured continuo parts and traditional piano writing.

In year 2009, Ms. Lee attended all three collaborative pianist internships at the Banff Centre of Arts, performing solo, chamber and orchestral keyboard music. Ms. Lee received her DMA Piano degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Paul Barnes and Nicole Narboni; her DMA studies have been generously funded by the Hixon – Lied Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant.

As an undergrad, Ms. Lee studied with Lynda Metelsky at University of Toronto (BME, 2004). At University of Kansas, she studied with Jack Winerock and Robert Koenig at University of Kansas (MMus, 2006). Additionally, with great curiosity, she studied organ and harpsichord with Douglas Bodle, Eugene Gates and Michael Bauer, clavichord with Gerhard Erber (Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig), attended masterclasses for fortepiano with Bart van Oort. In effort to break the traditional mold of a classical musician, Ms. Lee also studied Japanese Taiko drumming with Gary Kyoshi Nagata and West African Drumming and Dancing with Fred Kwasi Dunyo.

Ms. Lee have attended numerous international festivals on scholarships as solo and collaborative pianist, including Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College (USA), Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy (USA-Germany), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), International Piano Pedagogy Conference (USA), Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses (Canada), and in addition to performing, Ms. Lee is active recording engineer, working with Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city.

Mitch Yolevsky

Mitch Yolevsky is a performing clarinetist who studied at the University of Toronto. Mitch is an eclectic soloist who engages in traditional western classical music performance, structured and unstructured improvisation, original composition, and more.

 


Duane Andrews and the Conception Bay String Quartet featuring Lenny Solomon

Thursday April 21, 2016 at 8 PM
$25 at the door/ $20 (plus surcharges) in advance
at ticketscene.ca/events/15059/

Free admission for children 12 and under

"Riffing on everything from Sweet Georgia Brown to Chopin is pretty daunting, but Andrews can handle just about anything, plus he makes it swing and folds it into his unique Newfoundland Gypsy-jazz-guitar oeuvre. Here, fall-back favourites from Django sit happily beside traditional Newfoundland numbers, a clutch of originals, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Lullaby.

In a career based on innovation, the new move for this album was making it all with a string quartet. While it seems obvious for the familiar melody of Chopin’s Opus 64 No. 2, hearing it delicately, smoothly and quickly picked out on guitar is a testament to Andrews’ vast talent. No spotlight-hogger, Andrews lets the strings bring a whole new appreciation to the charms of Let Me Fish Of Cape St. Mary’s.

Known for previous albums with fiddler Dwayne Côté or guitarist Craig Young, as well as The Swinging Belles, once again Andrews shows he plays well with others.’ From Bob Mersereau's review of Conception Bay.

Duane Andrews - Guitar
Lenny Solomon - Violin
Lynn Kuo - Violin
Amahl Arulanandam - Cello
Carol Gimbel - Viola

www.duaneandrews.ca


Westwood Concerts Presents: A Soldier’s Tale

Tuesday April 19, 2016 at 7:30pm
$30 regular/$15 students and seniors/$20 ONLINE

Virtuoso violinist Jasper Wood with pianist Gregory Millar and clarinetist Michael Westwood perform an all exhilarating concert of the music of
Stravinsky.

Program

Suite Italienne
Duo Concertante
Prelude and Ronde Des Princesses
Berceuse
Chanson Russe
L’Histoire du soldat

Biographies

Jasper Wood

“Wood was in total command. He paired moments of glistening display with a sweet tunefulness edged in melancholy.”
–Washington Post

“…Wood is always a joy to hear.”
–Gramophone

“As an added gift, violinist Jasper Wood played … with a gorgeous sound and brilliant control of his instrument. Wood sounded like an entire violin section unto himself.”
–Halifax Chronicle Herald

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has established a flourishing reputation as a soloist through his frequent performances with many of North America’s finest orchestras, in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He has also toured extensively throughout the East Coast, including appearances with Debut Atlantic, Prairie Debut, and throughout Quebec under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his dazzling performances as a recitalist and chamber musician which have taken him to major cities worldwide. He has performed at important venues such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago), Carnegie Weill Recital Hall (New York) and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Jasper, originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, is equally committed to performing in Canada’s smaller communities, such as the Northwest Territories and other parts of northern Canada.

Jasper performs regularly with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in Duo Rendezvous, formed in 2012 in response to a great demand for a refreshing and enthusiastic chamber ensemble with a strong dedication to outreach and education. As a result, a 14-city concert tour was quickly confirmed for the spring of 2013. Jasper is also a member of the dynamic piano trio Triple Forte (with pianist David Jalbert and cellist Yegor Dyachkov), formed in 2003, to join the forces of Canada’s top young soloists. This season marks the group’s 10th anniversary. The 2012-2013 season also marks the 20th anniversary of collaboration with Jasper’s frequent partner in music, pianist David Riley, who appears in many of Jasper’s recordings. In 2010, they toured the Midwestern United States, playing 17 concerts in 19 days, logging in over 4,000 miles on the road.

Jasper Wood’s diverse discography includes the music of Mozart, Strauss, Debussy, Ravel, Ives, Stravinsky, Bartok, Andrew P. MacDonald, Oskar Morawetz, Eckhardt-Gramatte, Berio, and Saint-Saëns.

www.jasperwood.net

Gregory Millar

Canadian pianist Gregory Millar is a versatile performer admired for his rich musical palette, commanding technique and insightful interpretations. An award-winning chamber musician and solo artist, Millar’s repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque period through the present century, and especially features works by Canadian composers. He presented a recital of the 13 Preludes for Piano by Jean Coulthard at the Conference of the Canadian University Music Society in Victoria, BC, and has premiered solo and chamber works by Frank Horvat, Stewart Grant, Colin Eatock and Robert Rival. Millar appeared as guest soloist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals in Montreal, Toronto, Huntsville (ON), Rochester and Cherry Valley (NY). Additionally, he has participated in hundreds of chamber music and large ensemble performances, notably with the Vancouver Film Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Talisker Players of Toronto, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Banff Summer Arts Festival, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, les amis de la musique de Richmond (QC) and Gros Morne Summer Music – where he was an Artist-in-Residence in 2004. Millar also was heard (but not seen!) in a performance at the Gala Tribute to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2003 – an event which was broadcasted live on national television.

Millar currently performs regularly on the Westwood Concerts series, and as one half of the Millar Piano Duo.

Millar earned a Bachelor of Music at McGill University as a student of Kenneth Woodman. He continued his studies in Toronto at the Glenn Gould School, where he worked with Duke Trio pianist Peter Longworth and participated in the master classes of André Laplante, John Perry and Leon Fleisher. Millar went on to earn a Master’s degree with James Parker and Cameron Stowe at the University of Toronto, and recently was conferred the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, under the mentorship of Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys.“It was easy to imagine the assembled audience members and musicians…rising from their seats and joining a procession heading to greet the divine.”

www.gregorymillar.net

Michael Westwood

With forthcoming tour dates across Canada and in Europe a third commission and premiere in two years, and an ambitious new project to perform the five “Benny Goodman” concertos over the next three years, Michael Westwood is much more than a clarinetist, he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries and new music of the past few years.

Michael has, throughout his career, commissioned and performed many new works. Most recently, he commissioned two new pieces from Canadian composer Frank Horvat. If Not Us, Then Who, for clarinet, cello and piano, was written and premiered in 2014 and has since been performed a second time. In 2015, Michael premiered Frank Horvat’s brilliant new Clarinet Concerto, Couple Dies Holding Hands, in Toronto with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. A new work for clarinet and piano entitled 30 Minutes of a 3 million minute Journey is planned for 2016. During the 2014-2015 season, Michael also performed Canadian composer Ian McDougal’s great clarinet concerto in Toronto for a very fortunate audience.

Michael’s abilities and programming are far from limited to the repertoire of the present day. He has developed— in combination with pianist Gregory Millar — a program of music from the era of swing music and big band consisting of newly commissioned and brilliant arrangements for clarinet and piano. The Westwood-Millar Duo has performed the concert several times since its premiere in 2014 to great audience acclaim. Recently, Michael performed with the Westwood-Millar Duo at the Pointe-Clair recital series a concert of all Brahms’ music – both clarinet sonatas and three new arrangements by Christopher Kies of solo piano works for clarinet and piano.

www.michaelwestwoodmusic.com | www.westwoodconcerts.com


Theatre 20’s 2015-16 Conservatory Showcase

Monday, April 18, 2016  
Doors open at 6:30 show starts at 7 pm
$15 online
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2530020

On Monday April 18th at Gallery 345, the artists of Theatre 20’s 2015-2016 Conservatory will be showcasing themselves and their talents! Theatre 20’s cornerstone Conservatory training program is designed to give artists an intensive insight into the performing arts, focusing on musical theatre. 

Auditioned and selected from applicants from across Canada, artists have been given the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s top musical theatre professionals, including: Seana McKenna, Carly Street, Anita Nittoly, Kelly McEvenue, David Keeley, and Nora McLellan. Workshops and masterclasses in the program this year included: Shakespearean Text, Alexander Technique, Scene-to-Song, History of Musical Theatre, Agent/Business Acumen, and Career Management. This showcase is the final culmination of their work.


“Love a Gershwin Tune”
Beth Anne Cole, vocals, Richard Whiteman, piano

Sunday April 17, 2016 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

When I think of singing the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, something lights up inside me.

They are an extreme pleasure to sing –soul-gladdening, in a way – and full of joy and vitality and warmth. And beauty. And wit. I grew up singing them, although as a song-crazy kid I sang everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. But these songs are sublime. I never get tired of them, and I’ve found that my audience doesn’t either! Who can resist” Fascinating Rhythm” or “It Ain’t Necessarily So” or “Love is here to Stay”?

I have a lot of stories about the Gershwin brothers which I hope you’ll enjoy. (“Sing that song again about me!” crowed the father of George and Ira, and he meant “Don’t Be a naughty papa, come to baby, do!” - Ira Gershwin on “Embraceable You”. – Beth Anne Cole

BETH ANNE COLE is a singer, actress, songwriter, painter and poet. She has worked extensively in the theatre (Shaw Festival, Stratford, National Arts Centre), on CBC radio and television (“Morningside”, “Mr. Dressup”) and on the concert stage in Canada and the U.S (Glenn Gould Theatre, Toronto; Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York; Boston Conservatory, Boston). She has written songs for “Sesame Street” and her own CDs “Gifts in the Old, Old Ground” and “Song under the Stair”. She is working on a new performance piece about a Japanese poetess of ancient times, “The Leaves”, to premiere at Stratford’s “Springworks Festival” in May 2016. www.bethannecole.com.

At Gallery 345 she is accompanied on piano by Richard Whiteman.

“She has the timing of pure artistry” – Toronto Star

“A superb singer-actress!” – Boston Globe

“Sublime” – The Globe and Mail


“FRAGMENTS OF DREAMS”
Marilyn Lerner in concert/solo piano

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $15 Students

A poetic evening of pianist Marilyn Lerner’s abstract lyricism, explorations and discoveries. Original compositions and improvisations.

"with a breathtaking command of the piano, Lerner effortlessly ran through the
instrument’s expansive palette of colours. It was delicate and probing, hard driving, witty and funny…"

- Graeme Pillsworth, Coda Magazine

"Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches."
- Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music.
Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner records and performs in her free jazz trio with drummer Lou Grassi and bassist Ken Filiano. She has toured with the Queen Mab Trio, and the Ig Henneman Sextet. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Lacy, and Sonny Greenwich. and in the New Jewish music scene, with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, From Both Ends of the Earth, Alicia Svigals and David Wall.

She has two new jazz/improvised recordings coming out in 2016, Strange Attractors, the Ugly Beauties’ 2nd CD, and Lerner/Filiano/Grassi- Live at Edgefest, has been released on NoBusiness Records.


ANDRÉA TYNIEC, violin, TODD YANIW, piano

Friday April 15, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; students $15
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Program

Ana Sokolovic (1968--- ) 
City Songs 
Chant 

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) 
Sonata no. 6 in E Major, Op. 27   
  
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) 
Le Grand Tango

----intermission----- 

Cesar Franck (1822-1890) 
Prelude Chorale and Fugue

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 
Sonata No. 3, in D minor, Op. 108 (22 min) 
Allegro (8’) 
Adagio (5’) 
Un poco presto e con sentimento (3’) 
Presto agitato (6’)

Biographies

Violinist Andréa Tyniec has created a versatile performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music, particularly of Canadian new works.  Acclaimed for her “exceptional musicality and intensity” (La Presse), she has performed as a soloist internationally and across Canada with orchestras such as the Niagara Symphony led by Bradley Thatchuk, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Calgary Symphony led by Eric Paetkau, the Münchener Kammerorchester (Germany), I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra led my Cem Mansur (Turkey). Andréa premiered and recorded André Ristic’s violin Concerto with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+, led by Véronique Lacroix (ATMA), and recently toured Canada with the ECM+ to premiere Alec Hall’s violin concerto.

Highlights of this season include the recent loan of the Baumgartner Stradivari (1689) by the Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the arts, and the release of her recording of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe in October 2015.

Since she moved to Toronto in 2011, Andréa has been focused on expanding the ways music is expressed and presented by creating innovative programming, and by collaborating with other art forms. This has led to the creation of the show Lily with In’trinzik Dance Project, in which Andréa performed her own improvisations and the music of Eugène Ysaÿe; and also resulted in 44 performances as part of the cast in Infinity, a theatre play written by Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Ross Manson (Volcano Theatre).

Among the many awards and honors she has received, Andréa is the 1st Prize winner of Italy’s Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition 2008. Andréa performed her Debut recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has performed internationally in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, and in the USA.

Born to Polish and Bolivian parents and raised in Montreal, Canada, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Professor Sonia Jelinkova, followed by a master’s degree in Music Performance at Michigan State University. While she was based in Europe, Andréa completed her Solistendiplom at the Hochschule Musik und Theater Zürich and her Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Professor Josef Rissin. She also participated in masterclasses with Salvatore Accardo at the Fondazione Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy, and was greatly inspired by her studies with Professor Ana Chumachenco. She is a graduate Fellow of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
www.andreatyniec.ca

Canadian pianist Todd Yaniw is a young artist praised for his “atmospheric contrast of poetry and power … a hair-raising performance”.  Since his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Mr. Yaniw has performed frequently in Alberta and Ontario; at festivals and venues including the Banff Centre for Music, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and Toronto's new Koerner Hall. Mr. Yaniw has performed with the symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, and Guelph. Mr. Yaniw toured the Canadian maritime provinces as a soloist in February 2013, under the auspices of Debut Atlantic.  Todd has been interviewed and broadcast on several occasions on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM.  In December 2012, Todd recorded a one-hour program for the CBC as part of its NEXT series, a radio program that promotes talent on the rise. 

Internationally, Todd has performed at the Monte Carlo Opera House in Monaco, the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica, several concert halls in China and Italy, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James’s Piccadilly in London England, and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.  Yaniw’s debut CD, “Todd Yaniw: Scriabin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin” was released on the Chestnut Hall Music label in September 2006.

Todd’s extensive prize list includes Winner of the Roy Thomson Hall First Prize at the 2005 Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee’s TD National Piano Competition; two-time national winner of the Canadian Music Competition, as well as silver medalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition.  Mr. Yaniw has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2010 and 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards.

 Todd Yaniw was born in Edmonton, Alberta and his teachers include Michael Massey, Dr. James Parker, Professor James Anagnoson (The Glenn Gould School), and Dr. Jon Kimura Parker (Rice University). Mr. Yaniw recently completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Anton Nel.

www.toddyaniw.com


Cello Evolution: Rachel Mercer

Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Having released a critically acclaimed recording of the complete Bach Suites on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer presents this work then forges forward through the evolution of the cello to the modern day, featuring a current project of commissioning solo cello works by musicians from other genres; jazz, world, pop.


Photo by David Leyes

Program

Rachel Mercer, cello

Described as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across five continents. Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, the Seiler Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble, and is Artistic Director of the "5 at the First" Chamber Music Series in Hamilton. She has appeared as guest principal cello with the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, Group of 27 and Munich Chamber orchestras, and joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello and Acting Guest Principal in January 2016.

Rachel has given masterclasses across North America, South Africa and in Israel and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Western University in London ON. An advocate for new Canadian music, Rachel has commissioned and premiered works including a cello concerto by Kevin Lau, solo work by Andrew Downing and chamber music by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, William Rowson, John Burge and Omar Daniel. Rachel can be heard on the Naxos, Naxos Canadian Classics, Centrediscs, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels, and released a critically acclaimed album of the Bach Suites on Pipistrelle in March 2014, recorded on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius Cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

Winner in the 2015 Canada Council Instrument Bank competition, Rachel is grateful to have been awarded the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello for a 3 year loan.

www.rachelmercercellist.com


 

Bill Gilliam & Friends: What is Future?
(Past & Present Future Tellings)

Saturday April 9th, 2016 at 8pm
$20, $10 Students & Arts Workers

Some of the predictions made by 20th century authors about autocracies and their methods have either materialized or are becoming alarmingly close. This show is a performance of spoken word and improvised new music with insights and vignettes of future worlds described by visionaries, writers and poets who have peered (at different times) into the future and looked at how different societies could be like and who express the fears and hopes of how people may experience and respond to our unfolding world.

Bill Gilliam, pianist / composer
Glenda Romano: actor
Mario Romano: actor
Glen Hall: Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet
David Story: pianist, drummer, composer and synthesist

Bill Gilliam: Pianist, Composer

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and performs new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill has composed for dance and theatre and film, including collaborations with experimental film maker Bruce Elder, and written and produced several contemporary music concerts performed at the Music Gallery, Gallery 345 and Array Space in Toronto. Bill is from London, England and moved to Toronto after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In Toronto he studied composition with Dr Samuel Dolin, Alexina Louie, Norma Beecroft and Alexander Rapoport. He attended the Inter Arts program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and received assistance from the Canada Council to produce his album “Cyclic Dancing” and assistance from FACTOR for his jazz CD “Urban Undercurrents”. He has produced several CDs and his compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles. His new music opera production “Poems from a Love Triangle” conducted by Gregory Oh was performed at the Music Gallery with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. As a pianist / improviser he has performed with artists such as Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Paul Newman, Lori Freedman, Rob Clutton, Ronda Rindone, Rick Sacks, Charlie Ringas and recorded with Penn Kemp, Ernie Tollar, Dave Young, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano and Howard Gaul. His ongoing projects include improvising collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, Glen Hall, David Story, Michael Lynn, Ambrose Pottie, Kayla Milmine, Rob Clutton and presenting spoken word / performance poetry with improvised music.

Glenda Romano: Actor

Glenda is enjoying a mini resurgence of her 30 year old acting career. She played Alice in Stacey Iseman's Stuck for Alumne theatre's New Ideas Festival last month and Emma Jung in Katherine Frid's Burying Toni for Alumnae Theatre's 2014 Fireworks Festival. After graduating from York University's MFA acting program Glenda performed for various professional companies before entering the teaching profession. As a teacher and founding member of Ursula Franklin Academy, Glenda created and headed its drama department where she produced and directed many student productions. She is thrilled to be part of Bill Gilliam's What is Future?

Mario Romano: Actor

Mario Romano has acted in theatre, film, television and commercials across Canada for the last 3 decades and has been a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association and ACTRA. Earlier in his career he was co-artistic director of Acting Company where he directed and acted in various productions. 'La Storia' an Acting Company production, garnered a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Innovative Artistic Excellence

Mr. Romano's teaching and directing credits include York University, Toronto Film School, University of Rochester, N.Y., the Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt Germany where he has assisted on various productions. Presently he teaches acting at Seneca College's Acting for Camera and Voice department.

Glen Hall: Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet

Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and recently was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

David Story: Pianist, Drummer, Composer, and Synthesist

David's resume includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA as well as ARCT in piano education, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto ON Canada 1st class honours, recipient of the Adelmo Melecci Scholarship, the Gordan Hallett Scholarship from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto and a Hamilton ORMTA Scholarship. He is currently working with Terry Clarke on the fine art of jazz drumming.

David has also done Free Jazz studies with Victor Bateman in Toronto which lead to performances with Glen Hall and redShift, a creative free jazz performing unit in Toronto, and other free jazz and improv performances in Toronto with Rick Sacks, Eugene Martynec, Cheryl O, Bruce Cassidy, Jason Hammer, Michael Morse, Alan Molnar, and many members of AIMT.

David is retired from a colourful three-decade career journeyman in the entertainment industry as a jazz pianist, rock/pop musician, composer, band leader, producer, copyist, and agent with local, national, and international acts in three countries. David`s music is published by Mayfair Music.


Storry: Live @ Gallery 345 (first Toronto showcase)

Thursday, March 31 2016 at 8pm
$15 early bird ticket
(before March 17 2016) available through Eventbright
$20 after March 17 2016 or at the door. (Advanced purchase strongly recommended)

Storry embodies in her voice the warmth of the R&B and ballad tradition of the 1990s - reminiscent of Whitney Houston - the control and precision of an opera singer (she's trained in opera), and the virtuosity and bad-ass-ness of a rapper. In this performance - her first in her native Toronto - she will showcase brand new music from an upcoming hip-hop/R&B/Classical crossover EP, which will be launched in Summer 2016. Storry is joined by her co-writer, Yotam Baum, pianist, composer, and professor of music, based in Montreal.

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Capturing Cuzzoni: Drama and the Diva
Christina Raphaëlle Haldane, soprano & Carl Philippe Gionet, piano

Saturday, March 26 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

Astronomical fees, hysterical press coverage and fighting fans: sound familiar? We could easily be describing the landscape occupied by today’s footballers, jet setting celebs or temperamental opera stars. For the Italian operatic sensation Francesca Cuzzoni, Handel’s leading lady at London’s Royal Academy of Music between 1723 and 1728, the scene was no different. Join us as we capture her persona in a programme featuring arias from Ottone, Flavio, Guilio Cesare, Rodelinda, Alessandro and Scipione.

Soprano Chistine Raphaëlle Haldane has two nationalities, Canadian and British, and grew up speaking two languages, English and French. Working from London and Toronto, Christina enjoys an active performing career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. Recent highlights include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to sing Fiorilla (cover) in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia and Nella (cover) in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, a performance of Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen for the Cambridge Philharmonic, as well as sell out recitals for Handel House London and the Oxford Lieder Festival. In Jan 2012 she made her mainland European stage debut, singing Cleopatra to Franco Fagioli’s Caesar, in Finnish National Opera’s daring new production of Handel’s JULIUS CAESAR. This success was quickly followed by a performance with the Capella Cracoviensis and Maestro Alessandro de Marchi, of Handel’s SOLOMON in Krakow. She made her international operatic debut singing the title role in Donizetti’s LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT for Musica Viva Hong Kong in 2010, returning in January 2011 to perform Adina in ELISIR D’AMORE.
www.christinahaldane.com

Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is teaching at the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy. Carl completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. He has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and participated in numerous prestigious summer programs. Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie. MSR Classics will release his recording of Schubert’s four sonatas for piano and violin, with Icelandic violinist Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, in Spring 2016.
www.cpgionet.com


Hybridity Ensemble and Gallery 345 present: “Tainted Love: A Concert of Incredibly Inappropriate Love Songs”

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3 pm
$25/$15 Students

Multi-instrumentalists Hybridity Ensemble bring everything but romance to this hilarious celebration of Business Time. Setting the mood for an evening usually falls to an R&B playlist on the streaming app of one’s choice, but the group’s carefully curated set list for the evening looks to change that habit, pushing the limits of one’s expectations of classical instruments. The programme will include Canadian composer Violet Archer’s raunchy testimonial to hyper-masculine virility “A Sprig of Flower” and a bluesy variation on pop princess Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. Vibrantly sensual tangos played by world-renowned accordionist Michael Bridge set the mood, and soprano Shaelyn Archibald and tenor Daniel Wheeler bring an operatic spin to the titular “Tainted Love”.


Sound Travels: An Exploration of the Soundmaker’s Journey: Andrea Ramolo, Faye Blais, Kristin Sweetland

Saturday, March 19 2016 at 7:30 pm
$10

Sound Travels

Sound Travels: An Exploration of the Sound Maker’s Journey is a group exhibition of photography by Canadian musicians Kristin Sweetland, Andrea Ramolo, and Faye Blais. The selected images explore the relationship between music and photography, light and sound – the sound maker and the road.

All three artists have spent the better part of the last decade in travel, bringing their musical compositions to other parts of the country and the world. Their journeys, needless to say, have been vibrant, colourful and very unique, with one common thread – music served as their muse.

From barren highways and endless skies to personal moments and abstract expressions, the pieces will offer viewers the opportunity to share in each artist’s individual journey through their eyes.

In collaboration with Gallery 345, this group exhibit will run for one night only. The soirée will be held on Saturday, March 19th between 7:30 pm and midnight at 345 Souraren in Toronto. The $10 admission will include a complimentary beverage, a live pianist, a special burlesque performance and an intimate concert featuring all three photographers. A cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres will also be available.

Biographies

Kristin Sweetland is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, photographer, writer and international touring road-warrior. Sweetland has re-leased two EPs, three full-length albums and recently launched her highly anticipated first book of photography entitled “Adventures In Sweetland.” The photographs are selections from a series of the same name she began as a photography student at the University of Victoria. There, Sweetland was given an assignment to document her emotions through a series of self-portraits. The class ended, but the series never stopped. More than a decade later, the project has followed her through endless adventures across mysterious landscapes in a sweet land that seems to be all her own. A full time touring musician, Sweetland has transformed North American landscapes into photographic fairytales, inviting viewers to travel into her imaginative world.

Andrea Ramolo is a musician, dancer, actor, writer, photographer, and educator. Her life as a multi-disciplinary artist has had her living out of her van from Newfoundland to Haida Gwaii and up to the Yukon, singing on stage at Massey Hall, sharing a microphone with Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith, dancing alongside Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman in Disney’s ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ performing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, dying a horrifying death in a zombie movie, and teaching at inner city high schools. As a musician, Andrea has released two solo albums - one of which granted her a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. She has also released two albums with her duo Scarlett Jane and is presently working on her third solo album. This is her first photo exhibition and she is thrilled to share glimpses of the beauty that has crossed her path, the people she has been fortunate to live alongside, and the landscape she has wildly explored throughout her adven-tures on the road as a touring musician.

Faye Blais is a multi-disciplinary artist who has spent most of the last decade traveling the world through her music. She has released four indie-folk solo albums and most recently an EP with her new indie-electro-pop venture “THE WEAKNESS”. This year brings about a new wave of creative energy for Faye, as she takes a break from the road to delve deeper into the realms of music pro-duction, graphic art, and photography.


Guy Mintus: A World of Piano

Thursday, March 17 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Guy Mintus

Israeli pianist, composer & improviser Guy Mintus will be performing an intimate evening of solo piano at Gallery 345. Guy influences range from stride piano, Greek Rebetiko blues, the Turkish Makam, Indian Ragas, Bach-styled counterpoint and of course the music of his homeland. He creates a strong connection with his audience in heartfelt performances that have been described as “holding the entire hall in held breath” (Barka Fabianova, fullmoonzine.com).

Biography

Guy Mintus has won awards from ASCAP, Downbeat Magazine, BMI, the American Composers Orchestra, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. His performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, Red Sea Jazz Festival, and the Israel Festival. With a focus on music as a gateway to cross-cultural understanding, Guy has collaborated with master musicians from Turkey, Greece, Iran, Morocco, Azerbaijan, India, Cuba, and Mali and has participated in multi-disciplinary works with artists in the visual, dance, spoken word, and theater worlds.

Guy’s intimate, boundary-crossing music weaves textures and colors from across cultures. With influences ranging from Stride piano and the Greek Rebetiko blues, to the Turkish Makam, Indian Ragas and Bach-styled counterpoint, a Mintus performance pairs his originals alongside works based on traditional music from the Mediterranean, along with select pearls from the American Songbook. His recordings include a debut album with the "Offlines Project," a duo Guy co-leads with Israeli-Turkish percussionist/oudist Yinon Muallem as well as the live solo album “The Mediterranean Piano.”

www.guymintus.com


SONUSKAPOS: Mason Victoria's Jazz Orchestra

Saturday March 12, 2016 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

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“…What sets Mason apart from other students is his outstanding compositional and arranging skills. His charts are complex, voiced beautifully, engaging, and show a level of maturity of someone twice his age. There really hasn't been many composing and arranging students in colleges and universities across Canada showing such strong leadership, passion, and creativity as Mason...”
— Alistair Kay, Head of Brass Department at Humber College.

Led by Mason Victoria, the SONUSKAPOS JAZZ ORCHESTRA (SSJO) is an 18 piece big band with some of the finest young jazz musicians in the GTA. Many of the members of the SSJO aim to inspire through all-original compositions and arrangements as it strives to push the limits of composition for the contemporary big band.


SPRING OF SONGS Fundraiser Concert

Monday March 7, 2016 at 7 pm
Tickets: Early Bird Price $25 RSVP by March 4 to admin@operainconcert.com
At the Door $35

Concert, Reception and Cash Bar.


Rezonance Baroque Ensemble: DEDICATED

Sunday February 28 2016 at 2 pm
20; $10 Students at the door and 
www.rezonancededicated.brownpapertickets.com

Dedicated: Works by major Baroque composers dedicated to Johann Georg Pisendel

Sometimes you can judge someone by the company he keeps. We might not often hear the music of Johann Georg Pisendel today, but the Dresden composer and orchestra leader was a colleague and friend to a galaxy of talent in Eighteenth-Century Germany, including J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Phillip Telemann, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Gottlieb Graun... you get the idea. Join Rezonance for a concert of some of the finest music of the Baroque, all dedicated to a man who was one of the greatest musicians of his day.

The program will include works by Telemann, Vivaldi, the mysterious Pisendel himself – and more!

Rezonance Baroque Ensemble is a new tour de force in the Toronto early music scene. Led by Rezan Onen-Lapointe and David Podgorski, Rezonance is known for bringing exciting performances of unusual music to audiences in innovative ways.

Rezan Onen-Lapointe is a violinist specializing in historical performance, which she studied at both McGill University and the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands), as well as various professional workshops. Since then Rezan has returned to Toronto and is in demand as a freelance Baroque violinist and violist. She has played regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos and traveled to Newfoundland, Italy, and Halifax. She has also performed with Nota Bene Baroque Ensemble, Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, and more. She has served as both concertmaster and principal violist for Les Vents Atlantiques, a conductorless Romantic period orchestra, in the Netherlands and Mexico.

David Podgorski is an accomplished chamber musician and solo harpsichordist. After completing a BMus at McGill University under the pianist Tom Plaunt, David studied harpsichord with Hank Knox, obtaining a MMus in harpsichord performance in 2005. In Montreal, David had the opportunity to work with many exceptional musicians, including Hélène Plouffe, David Greenberg, Matthias Maute, and Luc Beauséjour. Recently, David pursued advanced studies in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with Jacques Ogg, and completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d'Anglebert. David continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and San Francisco as well as in Italy, France, and the Netherlands.

www.rezonanceensemble.com
rezonance.ensemble@gmail.com


The Ben Ball Quartet “401 Towards London”
CD Release Concert

Saturday February 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Music from the "401 Towards London" CD is inspired by visual works of the late Canadian artist Jack Chambers. The quartet will perform each of the 8 compositions from the CD.


Jae Chung - Guitar

Jae Chung studied jazz guitar at University of Toronto and Western Michigan University. He maintains an active international performing career and has played with kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, John Patitucci, Denny Christianson, Don Thompson and many others. As a leader he has released 6 jazz CDs and been a sideman on many other recordings. He is a fulltime professor of jazz studies at Mokwon University in South Korea and is the music director for internationally acclaimed world musician Jang Saik. He currently endorses Yamaha guitars and is a Heritage Guitar artist.

Ben Ball – Drums

Ben Ball has released two CDs as a leader (Words Within - EMI, and Type-None – Universal Music Korea), and been a sideman on many other recordings. He graduated from the University of Toronto and McGill University. He currently teaches Jazz drums at Humber College and previously taught for nine and a half years at Paekche Institute for the Arts in South Korea. While living in New York he performed with Billy Mitchell, Ken Hatfield, Joe Knight, Carol Sudhalter and Esdras Lubin. He has performed with many Canadian Jazz artists such as Phil Nimmons, Brian Dickinson, Kirk MacDonald, Ted Quinlan and Lorne Lofsky.

Mike Downes - Bass

Toronto-based Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, Renee Rosness, Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, and Pat Labarbera. He has been in demand to perform with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman and many others. Mike’s recent trio CD – Ripple Effect won a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.

Bryden Baird - Trumpet

Bryden has toured with a variety of artists including Feist and Steven Page. He currently has a busy studio career in Toronto, Canada. He studied jazz trumpet at Humber College, University of Toronto, Banff Centre for the Arts with Kenny Wheeler, and privately with Laurie Frink in NYC. Television appearances have included The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has performed with Michael Buble, Louie Bellson, Blue Rodeo, the Toronto Symphony, the Band of the Ceremonial Guard (changing of the guard in Canada), and Spoon to name a few.


The Art of the Piano: Noche Azul
Alejandro Vela 

Saturday February 20, 2016 at 8 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students

Alejandro Vela Program
Brahms: Intermezzo in E-flat major, Op. 117/1
Rachmaninov: 6 Selections
Lecuona: Noche Azúl, La Comparsa, Córdoba, Gitanerías, Malagueña
Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas
Radiohead: Let Down, Exit Music (For a Film), You arr. by Christopher O' Riley

Biography
Praised for his “elegance, exceptional technique and profound musicality" (Mundo Clásico), Mexican-Canadian pianist Alejandro Vela is rapidly developing an international reputation as a young artist to watch. Recent solo recitals have brought him to prestigious venues in Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico’s National Arts Center, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Instituto Italo-Latino Americano of Rome, Kiev’s House of Teachers and in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout Taiwan.

Recently, Vela presented concerts at Nago City Hall in Okinawa, The Concert Hall in Nagoya, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung’s Cultural Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Estonia’s Mederi Hall, Mihail Jora Concert Hall in Bucharest, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México, En blanco y negro festival and Coahuila’s Julio Torri International Arts festival. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM and Radio Romania.

Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

www.alejandrovela.com


Jazz at Gallery 345: Landen Vieira “DREAM” CD Release Concert

Landen Vieira, sax; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Malcolm Connor, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums

Friday February 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Don’t miss the release concert of rising jazz saxophonist Landen Vieira’s debut album “Dream.” Reservations can be made through info@gallery345.com.


Landen Vieira is emerging as a major figure in Canadian jazz. Born 1991 in Mississauga, Ontario, he was surrounded by all types of music at an early age and was influenced by classic jazz icons Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Landen started his career playing with bassist Dave Young (Oscar Peterson). He has performed with some of the top names in Canadian jazz including Terry Clarke, Garry Williamson, Robi Botos, David Restivo, and Kevin Turcotte. "Dream" is Landen's debut album with his quartet.
www.landenvieira.com

Award-winning pianist Adrean Farrugia is regarded as one of Canada’s most distinctive voices on the piano.  He is a JUNO nominee and winner who has performed with leading jazz names in every major city in North America, France, Switzerland, Poland, and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler, Matt Dusk, Tom Scott, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Joel Frahm, Phil Dwyer, and Guido Basso. Since the late 1990s, Farrugia has been in high demand as both a performer and teacher.  He is currently on the faculty of York University and Mohawk College of Arts and Technology where he teaches jazz piano and improvisation.
www.adreanfarrugia.com

 

Malcolm Connor is a Winnipeg born bassist. He has performed across Canada at major-name jazz festivals and has opened for jazz pianist Cedar Walton.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied with internationally acclaimed bassists Dave Young and Andrew Downing. A virtuoso, Malcolm is also classically trained, having studied with three of the bassists in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
www.malcolmconnor.com

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, drummer Ethan Ardelli has become an in-demand performer and recording artist since graduating from the U. of T. in 2006. He has played on two Juno Award-winning albums (Jane Bunnett’s “Radio Guantanamo” and Mike Downes’ “Ripple Effect”) and has worked with world famous musicians including Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz, Mulgrew Miller, and Roberta Gambarini. In 2006, Ethan received the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet. Ethan is featured on Nancy Walker’s record “New Heiroglyphics”, David Virelles' "Motion" and Darren Sigesmund's Juno nominated record "Strands II.”


The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt: The Classical Tradition

Saturday February 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students

Program

Biography

Among the elite of Canadian pianists, Bruce Vogt is a unique and dynamic performer. He appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, China, and Japan.

Born in Southern Ontario, Bruce completed his initial musical studies with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later he studied in the United States, England, Switzerland, and Italy, working with a number of celebrated musicians including Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong, and Dario de Rosa.

In 1999, Bruce Vogt and the celebrated Japanese violist, Yumiko Yamamoto, were awarded the Kyoto Baroque Hall Award of Excellence and a substantial cash prize for the Best Concert of 1998. The Kyoto Daily spoke of their “wonderful sympathetic music making, exquisite technical polish.” Bruce and Yumiko later released a collaborative CD entitled Centre of Harmony: Music for Viola and Piano.

During a tour of Germany, Bruce’s performance was reviewed as “technical perfection paired with emotional expressiveness ... compositions from Mozart, Chopin, Liszt resounded with seldom-heard perfection ... What is apparent in his playing is the joy he takes in giving to others what he has so dazzlingly mastered” (Usinger Anzeiger, Altweilnau, Germany). Bruce has continued to perform throughout Canada, China, Japan, and Europe.

Bruce Vogt's repertoire is extremely diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has consistently championed the music of contemporary composers, and has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also an enthusiastic and dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings, released in the fall of 2003, features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. His other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. Two new recordings of the music of Liszt were released in 2011 in honour of the bicentenary of this great composer.


MUSIC and POETRY: DEVORINA GAMALOVA

Thursday February 11, 2015 at 8 pm
$15/$10 students

The London based professor of violin and viola and song-writer Devorina Gamalova will present a unique recital of classical master pieces for Violin Solo by Bach, Paganini, Kreisler, Goleminov and her own works of poetry and music. The poetry will be read in English and sung in the original languages in which it was written. Topics cover war, poverty, loneliness, happiness and many others.

Program

Biography

The Bulgarian-German musician and writer Devorina Gamalova graduated as a violin performer from the State Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Bojan Letchev and Dora Bratchkova. She studied then violin teaching at the Music Academy in Dresden, Germany. Further postgraduate studies in violin and viola with Grigory Zhislin took her to Royal College of Music in London. She was awarded later The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship for another year of advanced solo studies in viola at the GSMD under David Takeno. In 2002 she completed a second Higher Master Degree and in 2008 her PhD at the London College of Music (UWL) where she was awarded the Degree outright.

Gamalova worked as principal leader of a Symphony Orchestra in Saxon Germany. She assisted Prof. Grigory Zhislin at the RCM Music and currently teaches violin, viola and chamber music performance at London College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Goldsmiths’ in London and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is adjudicator and collaborator in different competitions including 2014/15 competition for music, literature and visual arts named “Gooding” (Creating Good).

D. Gamalova performs as a soloist and chamber musician and gives masterclasses and lectures around the globe. She has released CD recordings, has broadcast on Radio and Television and has publications of her written work in several languages. Her newest CD with favourite pieces for violin and viola (“Treasured Classics”) was released in 2015 under the “Discovery Music & Vision” label.

Gamalova has brought to life a new music form of works for violin and viola performed by one soloist for which she is the dedicatee. She also developed her own ‘chanson’ style following the tradition of the ‘poets with guitar’ and has an album of her own works.

She was recitalist for Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now” bringing live classical music to disadvantaged people and continues transmitting this mission worldwide.

Among her recent awards is the ‘Crystal Lyre’ award for “high artistic achievements” in 2013 and in 2014 an award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for “contribution to the popularisation of Bulgarian culture abroad.”

Gamalova is founder, manager or collaborator of different projects, music courses, educative and social concert programs, of a Charity for sick Bulgarian children and of ‘Blagorodna Badeva Foundation’ supporting young Bulgarian violinists and childern suffering with diabetes.


Music from Ukraine and Beyond

A concert to benefit Prosthetics for Ukraine

Sunday February 7, 2016 at 3 pm
$35; $20 Students (Cash only at the door)
Available at the Ukrainian Credit Union, or at the door
Information: 416-621-9287

An afternoon of dynamic music from Ukraine and beyond. Program to feature diverse styles, from Romantic to contemporary, to jazz-inspired music. Works by Lysenko, Kos-Anatolsky, Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet), Taktakishvili, Barvinsky, Levko Kolodub, as well as two Canadian premieres of works by living composers Boris Kosak and Taras Yachshenko.

Alex McLeod, viola
Izabella Budai, flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet
Matthew Christakos, cello
Maria Dolnycky, piano.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project: www.prostheticsforukraine.com

Your ticket purchase includes a wine & cheese reception, courtesy of Rosewood Estates Winery and Halenda's Meats.


Trio D'Argento

Saturday February  6, 2016 at 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Anna Ronai, piano

TRIO D’ARGENTO is a multi-faceted ensemble. Sibylle and Peter play a variety of woodwind instruments together with Anna on the piano. They have performed all over Ontario, in Sarnia, Muskoka, Orangeville, Gallery 345 Toronto, for Music Toronto and Brantford Musical Club concert series, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. They have visited the Caledon Chamber Concerts and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music society many times. Trio D’Argento has collaborated with Barbara Croall, a First Nations composer and performer. Their newest project with composer Kevin Lau will explore what Quantum Physics can bring to their music. Their program for this evening encompasses Classical gems by Haydn and Kuhlau, two hot dances - one from South America and the other from Sicily - as well as rarely heard French gems of the 20th century. They will introduce each piece on stage, providing a fun conversational atmosphere.

www.triodargento.ca

Program 

Intermission

Anna Ronai - Piano

Canadian/Austrian pianist Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching and accompanying positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, also in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.

Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.
In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario; recently Anna participated at the John Weinzweig Centenary Concert at the University of Toronto. She has also played several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, including a piece by First Nations composer Barbara Croall, Sound of the Drum.

Sibylle Marquardt, Flute

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Opera Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaertnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Sibylle has recorded the CD "From The New Village" with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and in the fall of 2014 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released. WWW.SILVERFLUTE.CA

Peter Stoll, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage and as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna. He performs regularly in Toronto with different orchestras and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance studies and The Business of Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.

Recent solo and chamber highlights have included a duo recital with pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion master Joseph Macerollo, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. Peter has played across southern Ontario with his group “Trio d'Argento”, and with the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet at the Barrie Colours of Music festival and the Toronto Music Garden.

Concerto appearances have been with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. In October 2013 he was flown to Tokyo to assist in the Yamaha Music Foundation's international “Junior Original Concert” of young student compositions and improvisations.  WWW.PETERSTOLL.CA


Blair Lofgren, cello, Peter Longworth, piano

Friday January 29, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Program

Biographies

Cellist Blair Lofgren is known as one of the most important voices in the Canadian music scene. Equally recognized for his teaching as his performing, Blair has a diverse career that takes him all over Canada and abroad, performing in anything from classical ensembles, bluegrass and, most recently, recordings for the acclaimed “Dead Rising” video games. Described as a “tremendous player”, he has collaborated with such players as Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Kalichstein, Marc-André Hamelin and Mark O’Connor.

Blair  began his studies at an early age in Saskatchewan with Barbara Fitzpatrick and Cameron Lowe at the Regina Conservatory. After receiving the President’s Gold Medal, Blair moved to Toronto to continue his studies at the Glenn Gould School under Thomas Wiebe and John Kadz. He has also studied with such masters as Timothy Eddy, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot, Philipe Muller, Lorand Fenyves and Walter Joachim.

Holding the post of Principal Cello of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra since the age of 24, Blair divides his time between teaching at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, playing with the orchestra and performing with the Trio Frontenac, in which he collaborates with pianist Suzanne Beaubien and violinist Darren Lowe. Blair spends his summers traveling to different music festivals such as Scotia Fest and Le Domaine Forget where his style of playing and teaching attracts students from all over the world.

Blair’s most prized accomplishment is the work that he debuted and recorded, called “Bright Sadness.” Composed by his friend and brother-in-law Oleksa Lozowchuk. Bright Sadness is a work for string quintet and solo cello that marries the worlds of classical music, Ukrainian folklore and Eastern Orthodox sacred music. Critically acclaimed, the recording was “linked by the cellist Blair Lofgren’s beautiful playing. His tone is rich and always changing, preventing the rowdy moments in the dances from seeming overly pristine. Lofgren’s playing is brilliant.” As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across Canada and can be heard regularly on CBC radio as a recitalist and in various chamber music ensembles. When he is not busy with work, he can be found in either Quebec or South Africa enjoying life with his beautiful wife Marianne.

Peter Longworth, piano

Peter Longworth, piano"Peter Longworth is a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays." -Chicago Tribune
Pianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice.
He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno.

After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta.

Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.

Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label with a 2013 release of solo Brahms piano music, and a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer.

Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.

www.peterlongworth.ca | facebook.com/peterlongworthpiano


BRAHMS AND FRIENDS

Thursday January 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM
$20/$15 Seniors & Arts Workers/$10 Students

Guy Yehuda, clarinet
Peter Longworth, piano
Rachel Mercer, cello

Soloist and professor at Michigan State University, Guy Yehuda returns to Ontario to offer us Brahms & Friends. “Among Friends” by Canadian Ka Nin Chan is embraced here by Brahms’ second Sonata for clarinet and piano, and his lush and stormy Clarinet Trio, Op. 114, both among the last works he ever wrote.

PROGRAM

-intermission-

Guy Yehuda, clarinet

Guy Yehuda, clarinetIsraeli-American clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today. Hailed by composer John Corigliano as “One of the most awe-inspiring clarinetists today”, Mr. Yehuda has toured extensively worldwide, appearing as principal clarinet with the Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, as well as guest clarinetist with the Israel Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. Mr. Yehuda has premiered works by Haim Permont, Gary Smart and Jim Stephenson and has appeared at festivals such as Spoleto (USA), Verbier, Lucerne (Switzerland), Vianden (Luxembourg), Ottawa ChamberFest, Parry Sound, Domain Forget (Canada), and the Israeli Chamber Music Festivals of Kfar Blum and Haifa. As a chamber musician he tours extensively with the award winning chamber music group: Trio di Colore and a new recording of the Brahms and Reger Clarinet Sonatas with pianist Ralph Votapek, will be released in 2015 under the Blue Griffin Records label.

Mr. Yehuda has given master classes throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Israel, and is a Selmer-Paris and D’Addario-Reeds international performing artist. As an artist instrumental adviser for both companies, with Selmer-Paris, he has developed the new Privilege II clarinet. For the past two years he has been working with D’Addario-Reeds on the development of the new Classic Reserve reeds. He has frequently been invited to judge national and international competitions, and served for many years as faculty resident at the acclaimed Orford summer festival in Quebec, Canada. Currently he is the Associate Professor and Artist Teacher of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music. Mr. Yehuda is also a published composer and winner of the prestigious America-Israel composition award.

www.guyyehuda.com

Peter Longworth, piano

Peter Longworth, pianoPianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice. He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno. Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington. Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label, with a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer. Another Brahms recording of solo piano music on the same label was released in 2012. Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

www.peterlongworth.ca

Rachel Mercer, cello

Rachel Mercer, celloDescribed as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across five continents. Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC), the Mercer-Park Duo (MP), the Seiler Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble, and is Artistic Director of the "5 at the First" Chamber Music Series in Hamilton. She has appeared as guest principal cello with the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, Group of 27 and Munich Chamber orchestras, and has given masterclasses across North America, South Africa and in Israel. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Western University in London ON. An advocate for new Canadian music, Rachel has commissioned and premiered works including a cello concerto by Kevin Lau, solo work by Andrew Downing and chamber music by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, William Rowson, John Burge and Omar Daniel. Rachel can be heard on the Naxos, Naxos Canadian Classics, Centrediscs, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels, and released a critically acclaimed album of the Bach Suites on Pipistrelle in March 2014, recorded on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius Cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Winner in the 2015 Canada Council Instrument Bank competition, Rachel is grateful to have been awarded the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello for a 3 year loan.

www.rachelmercercellist.com


MIRANDA MULHOLLAND & JOE PHILIPS
ONE NIGHT, ONE SHOW

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM
$25 General Admission, $20 arts workers, $5 youth under 18

TICKETS at bemusednetwork.com

Miranda Mulholland

Miranda Mulholland Classically trained on violin and in voice, Miranda is a versatile performer and in high demand as a fiddler and singer covering a wide range of styles. Her debut full length solo album, Whipping Boy, was released in May, 2014 to critical acclaim. It became the flagship of her own record label, Roaring Girl Records which at just over a year old is quickly gaining a reputation for as a home for diverse and excellent artists.

Currently she is a member of Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Starr and the newly minted Harrow Fair, a duo with Andrew Penner of Sunparlour Players. She makes select appearances in the violin show, 'Bowfire' and has sung and played fiddle with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Calexico, Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Alan Doyle, Raine Maida, Dan Mangan, John Borra, The Rattlesnake Choir and Justin Rutledge, among others. Not limited to band performances, Miranda has appeared in various theatre productions including the Dora winning productions of 'Parfumerie' and 'Spoon River' with Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto.

In addition to varied studio work, she has toured extensively in Europe and North America with the celtic rock bands The Mahones and The Peelers, The Paperboys, The Glengarry Bhoys and the alt-country band Luther Wright and the Wrongs.

Miranda can be heard on records by Justin Rutledge, Sarah Slean, Cowboy Junkies and N.Q. Arbuckle to name a few. Miranda studied Opera Performance at The University of Western Ontario and McGill University.

Joe Philipps 

Joe Philipps Born and raised in Toronto close to the rolling green hills of Christie Pits, Joe Phillips started studying classical guitar at age 9. After some time playing the clarinet, he discovered the double bass in high school. Time spent playing in various blues bars, pubs, after-hours booze cans, and four years studying with renowned classical virtuoso Joel Quarrington have led to a busy and diverse career. Highlights of this past year include a western Canadian tour with Canadian chamber music supergroup Octagon, extensive touring throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. with banjoist Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project (featuring roots and country music legend Tim O’Brien), multiple projects with the Art of Time Ensemble (with jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, actor/singer Brent Carver, pop singer Steven Page and members of The Spirit of the West, The Odds and The Skydiggers), and a trip to China with Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra. 

Joe also wrote orchestral arrangements for an Orchestra London Pops concert in which he was a featured bass soloist and vocalist. This spring, he appeared as guest principal bass with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Recent recordings include a chamber version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with the Eybler Quartet and Brett Polegato, a chamber version of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with James Campbell,  Payadora tango ensemble’s debut album, and an appearance on Irish flute player Nuala Kennedy’s latest record.

Since 2007 Joe has been principal bassist of Orchestra London Canada.

He lives in London, Ontario with his partner and their two children.


MUSIC FOR PIANO AND THEREMIN

Monday January 11, 2015 at 8 pm
$15/$10 students 

Pamelia Stickney, theremin Marie-Theres Rauba, piano

Program

For more information contact Alexander Rapoport alexander.rapoport@utoronto.ca

 


Quintagious! presents: SUMMER IN JANUARY!

Sunday, January 10 2016 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

Escape the cold this winter as Quintagious! brings you along on a tropical vacation. Destinations include Cuba, Venezuela, New Orleans, the American South, Argentina, a kitchen party in Maritime Canada, and more. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Quintagious!

French Hornist Iris Krizmanic is a consummate solo, chamber and orchestral player combining a healthy balance of wit, power and lyricism in her work. She recently won the Principal Horn position of the Windsor Symphony and also performs as Third Horn of the Niagara Symphony. She is also an active cellist and singer the latter of which is a talent she contributes frequently to the quintet.

An avid performer constantly seeking to expand the boundaries that define both classical and nonclassical music, Heather Macdonald is a Toronto-based oboist involved in a wide variety of projects. When not playing with Quintagious!, she can be found travelling to the far reaches of the North, where she plays principal oboe with the Sudbury Symphony and the North Bay Symphony. In between these endeavours, she is an active jazz and rock oboist and passionate yogini.

As a later addition to Quintagious!, bassonist Kevin Harris offers his virtuosic flexibility and soloistic bravado to the low-pitched end of the ensemble. He has devoted a great deal of his music studies to exploring wind chamber music and so brought with him a wealth of knowledge about wind quintet repertoire, and a very substantial collection of standard, and not-so-familiar pieces, which the group has delved into enthusiastically. A graduate of the Glenn Gould School, Kevin has also performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Scarborough Philharmonic.

Flautist Lauren Yeomans is an active performer in the Toronto area providing bold and robust interpretations through a genteel instrument. She recently received her Master of Music from Rutgers University studying with Bart Feller, having previously studied at the Glenn Gould School with Kathleen Rudolph. Dedicated to life-long learning, Lauren in her off-time is typically found vigorously looking up new things and hypothesizing how it might apply to her next big music project.

Clarinetist Marc Blouin believes in a “dive-right-in” approach to music making (although he concedes that this mantra should never be taken literally). Over the past few years, he has played with orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, new music collectives, and even a twelve-piece folk rock outfit that wrote music about pirates. He’s very excited to be the newest member of Quintagious!


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